General Commission for Audiovisual Media
|Headquarters||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Parent department||Ministry of Media|
The General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM; Arabic: الهيئة العامة للإعلام المرئي والمسموع, romanized: al-Hy'eh al'Amah lel-E'elam al-Mar'ey wal-Masmoo') is a government organization in Saudi Arabia was founded in 2012 and responsible for the development, regulation, and supervision of audio-visual media transmission and content within the country. GCAM reports to the Ministry of Media and is independent in terms of finance and administration.
GCAM conducts and regulation and policies audiovisual activities in accordance with Kingdom’s “media policy” as well as provides related services to facilitates the content broadcasting. furthermore, it issues and manages licenses for audiovisual media transmission and content. GCAM is also responsible for technical issues and specifications related to the media such as providing the approval for the frequency spectrum, media transmission devices.
In December 2018, The General Commission of Audiovisual Media chaired by Ministry of Culture and Information (currently Ministry of Media) announced the re-opening the cinema in the Kingdom where the commission would be responsible for granting licenses to cinemas.
Saudi Arabian age rating systems
In August 2016, GCAM introduced Saudi Arabia's official age rating system for video games. This came following two years of research, and working closely with Sony MEA's Saudi office, whom handles the PlayStation brand in the country. The first game title released under GCAM's rating is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Any game is effectively banned if GCAM refuses to rate it. The ratings include the following:
GCAM introduced Saudi Arabia's official age rating system for movies following the December 2017 announcement of film theatres re-opening in the country. Any film is refused classification (effectively banned) or edited if said film does not pass GCAM's censorship standards. Theatres are obligated to refuse admittance to any minor under minimal age from viewing films rated R12 or higher. The ratings include the following:
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