Speaking during a press conference at the PURA head office on Wednesday afternoon, The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has informed journalist that it has received only one application for TV broadcasting license, as of 30th May 2017 and it would take at least three months to process the application.
Nicholas Jatta, director of ICT at PURA, said the sole TV application was sent in by a Gambian, but he did not give any further detail about the applicant. Mr. Jatta said they had initially received letters of application from people showing intent to apply for a television station but so far only one has made a full formal application. He said expectations are that in the next few weeks, there would be more applications coming in and the public would be informed as and when the applications are received.
The only application received so far, according to him, was submitted on Tuesday and would be processed and send to the Ministry of Information and Communication within 90 days for the final approval or otherwise.
As to how many licenses they are hoping to recommend for approval, he said, the ICT Act does not give a specific number. “Everything we do is in line with the provision of the Act.”