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-Hayʾah Al-ʿĀmmah Lil-ʾIʿlām Al-Marʾiyy wal-Masmūʿ) is a government organization in Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 2012, and is 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. Esra Assery is currently appointed as CEO of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media.
The General Commission for Audiovisual Media was founded following decision no. #236 of the Council of Ministers on 21 Rajab 1433 AH (11 June 2012). In Shawwal 1433 AH (September 2012), the organisation of GCAM was approved, which includes having a board of directors headed by the Minister of Culture and Information (or presently the Minister of Media as of 2018).
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 2017, 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:
Following the December 2017 announcement of film theatres re-opening in Saudi Arabia, in early 2018 Deadline Hollywood reported that the Center for International Communication (CIC) started developing a new content classification system for films to be exhibited in the country. By April 2018, GCAM has officially approved of a 6-tier film content classification system.
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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