General Commission for Audiovisual Media

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General Commission for Audiovisual Media
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Agency overview
JurisdictionSaudi Arabia
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Agency executive
Parent departmentMinistry of Media

The General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM; Arabic: الهيئة العامة للإعلام المرئي والمسموع‎, romanizedal-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.[1][2] GCAM reports to the Ministry of Media and is independent in terms of finance and administration.[1]


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.[3] furthermore, it issues and manages licenses for audiovisual media transmission and content.[3][1] 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.[3] In August 2016, GCAM introduced Saudi Arabia's official age rating system for video games.[4][5]

Saudi Cinema[edit]

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.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Authority to monitor audiovisual media". Arab News. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  2. ^ "General Commission of Audiovisual Media -- GCAM". Linkedin. 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "New Saudi authority for the regulation of Audio and Visual Media". Al Tamimi & Company. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  4. ^ Jisr, Lynn (15 August 2016). "Gcam Implements New Rating System in Saudi Arabia". IGN Middle East. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  5. ^ "التصنيف العمري للألعاب الإلكترونية" (in Arabic). General Commission for Audiovisual Media. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Cinemas to re-open in Saudi Arabia as of 2018, Ministry of Information confirms". Arab News. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  7. ^ Dudley, Dominic. "Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Movie Theatres At Last". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-19.

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