The Saudi Television and Radio and the Saudi Press Agency
(SPA) are to separate into two organisations, the Kingdom's
Council of Ministers has decreed.
According to iina.me, the two corporations will be
empowered to take independent decisions and will operate
with distinct budgets, Saudi Arabia's Culture and
Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja told Arab News.
"The new structure will enable Saudi TV and Radio and
SPA to work efficiently without bureaucratic hurdles. The
new corporations would have the power to appoint reporters
and cope with new developments in order to provide the best
possible services to the public and their clients,"
the Minister is quoted as saying.
Saudi Television and Radio will carry the Kingdom's
message to all corners of the Gulf country and to other
parts of the world, making use of modern technology, the
minister added, while the SPA will cover events and issues
at national, regional and international levels and help
strengthen the journalism in the country.
The rules and regulations for the two new entities will
reportedly be completed within six months.