URCA Releases Proposal To Regulate Media Providers

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has released its proposals to regulate media providers in The Bahamas.

The regulator is hoping to get responses to its proposed Code of Practice for the Regulation of Content Services and Audiovisual Media Services before the end of the year.

The principal purpose of the draft code of practice is to regulate the types of content that can be broadcast in The Bahamas on television stations, radio stations, teletext services, and cable television networks providing local and overseas channels, said URCA in a statement.

The regulator noted that in many cases, the broadcaster is expected to provide written and/or verbal advisories and warnings that the programming contains “material of a sexual, violent or controversial nature, as well as program classifications indicating the suitability of the program for children and other audiences.”