The Bill entitled the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation Act, 2009, being an Act to establish
the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation and to provide for other related matters, will be laid in Parliament today.
The Bill is seeking to transform SLBS into a body corporate to be known as SLBC which shall have perpetual succession and capable of acquiring, holding and disposing of any property whether movable or immovable and of suing and being sued in its corporate name and perform all such acts as bodies corporate may by law perform.
The Corporation shall have as its head, the Director-General to be appointed by the President and the deputy, to be appointed by the governing body to be known as the Board. The Board chairman should be a person of competence and knowledgeable in the operation and management of Broadcasting.
Other members of the Board should be composed of representatives each from the council of Paramount Chiefs, Inter Religious Council, the Women’s forum, SLAJ, the Chamber of Commerce, Bar Association, Independent Radio Network, Western Area, representative each from the provinces, Youth Council and the Director-General becoming an ex-officio and secretary to the Board.
The members of the Board shall be persons of high personal probity appointed by the President and subject to the approval by parliament and shall hold office for three years but not more than two terms.
The object for which the corporation is to be established is to provide information, education, and entertainment and reflect all shades of opinion throughout the country. They shall provide as a public service independent and impartial broadcasting services to include a minimum level of regional programmes as well as to allow and accept limited sponsorship for programmes and advertisement.
However, the activities of the corporation shall be financed by a fund to be consisted of money appropriated by Parliament for the purposes of the corporation in the course of its operation and money accrued to the corporation in the course of its operation, investments, loans and gifts.
It will be known that the SLBS currently operates as a department of the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Bill is intended to transform the SLBS in to an autonomous institution to make it more efficient and viable media institution.
They are expected to ensure their independence, ability and develop its human and material resources.