Saudi TV, SPA to be independent corporations

Updated 08 July 2012

Saudi TV, SPA to be independent corporations

The Council of Ministers yesterday decided to make Saudi Television and Radio and Saudi Press Agency (SPA) two independent corporations.
Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said the decision would strengthen the two media organizations professionally, financially and technically.
Speaking to Arab News, he said the two corporations would be given powers to take independent decisions, adding that they would have separate budgets. “The new structure will enable Saudi TV and Radio and SPA to work efficiently without bureaucratic hurdles,” the minister said, adding that existing staff would be shifted to the two corporations.
“The new corporations would have the power to appoint reporters and cope with new developments in order to provide the best possible services to the public and their clients,” he said.
The new bodies will have separate boards of directors chaired by the minister of culture and information.
The boards will have representatives from government departments in addition to two expert members, Khoja said.
The RTC will carry the Kingdom’s message to all corners of the Kingdom as well as to other parts of the world, making use of modern technology. It will have a president with excellent grade.
The SPA will cover events and issues at national, regional and international levels, especially those related to the Kingdom and contribute to strengthening the journalistic profession in the country. It will have a president with a grade not less than 15.
The Cabinet authorized its expert committee to prepare the rules and regulations for the two corporations within six months.
The Cabinet meeting also reviewed the latest regional and international developments and denounced the massacre of people in Hula by the Syrian regime last week. The Cabinet urged the international community to halt the continuing bloodbath in Syria, by stopping the use of force against unarmed civilians.
The Cabinet expressed its happiness over the success of a meeting of Friends of Yemen in Riyadh when Saudi Arabia offered an aid of $ 3.25 billion to finance the country’s development projects.
The Cabinet appreciated World Health Organization’s statement commending the Kingdom’s impressive efforts in mass medicine, especially its health care services for Haj pilgrims. The WHO said the Kingdom’s services in mass medicine are a model to be followed by professionals in other parts of the world.
The Cabinet approved the accredited evaluators law and the Saudi Authority for Accredited Evaluators, which will be chaired by the minister of commerce and industry. Its seven-member board will include six professional evaluators appointed by the minister.
The new law will regulate evaluation of real estate, economic institutions, equipment and properties. The authority will work under the minister’s supervision.

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Updated 25 August 2019

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”