Brazil reduces time to approve licenses for TV retransmissions

The Government of Brazil published in the Official Gazette a decree that modifies the regulation of the TV retransmission service. With this change, the approval period for a license reduces from six years to four months.
The President of Brazil, Michel Temer, had announced a few days ago that he was going to provide his endorsement to authorize this reform promoted by the head of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), Gilberto Kassab. The decree will come into force in December this year.
The RTVs (retransmission stations) are very important in the Brazilian territory, since they broadcast the programming of the main free-to-air TV channels that do not reach certain areas. The change will benefit the primary retransmission, which have greater power and are protected against possible interference, explained the Director of Commercial Broadcasting of the MCTIC, Samir Nobre.