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History – Development

The Cyprus Radio Television Authority is a regulatory body with wide powers and responsibilities which allow it to be independent in order to regulate and control radio-television matters in an effective manner. Regulating the Broadcasting sector aims at safeguarding the public interest by protecting fundamental rights and democratic principles, such as the right to a) freedom of expression, b) to free and pluralistic information and c) to transparency in the ownership of broadcasting bodies.

The Cyprus Radio Television Authority was established by the Radio and Television Stations Law, Law 7(I) of 1998. The specific Law regulates matters such as the establishment, installation and operation of private radio and television bodies in Cyprus. The establishment of the Cyprus Radio Television Authority and the safeguard of its independence are some of the more significant innovations introduced by the Law.

The Authority comprises the Chairman, the Vice Chairman and five members, who are appointed for a term of six years by the Council of Ministers.

The Authority maintains close relations and cooperates with foreign organisations with a view to closely observing international developments in the field of radio and television. It is a member of the Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities and of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA).

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