General Commission for Audiovisual Media

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General Commission for Audiovisual Media
General Commission for Audiovisual Media logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed2012
JurisdictionSaudi Arabia
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Agency executive
Parent departmentMinistry of Media
Websitehttps://www.gcam.gov.sa/

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]

Responsibilities[edit]

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]

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.[4][5]

Saudi Arabian age rating systems[edit]

Video games[edit]

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.[6][7] Any game is effectively banned if GCAM refuses to rate it. The ratings include the following:

Icon Rating Description
GCAM 3.png 3 Video game content suitable for ages 3 and above only.
GCAM 7.png 7 Video game content suitable for ages 7 and above only.
GCAM 12.png 12 Video game content suitable for ages 12 and above only.
GCAM 16.png 16 Video game content suitable for ages 16 and above only.
GCAM 18.png 18 Video game content suitable for ages 18 and above only.
GCAM tbc VG symbol.png To be classified (Introduced in 2020) Video game content has not been yet classified. This symbol is used in early marketing prior to said game's release.

Films[edit]

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:

Icon Rating Description
GCAM G.png G Film is suitable for a general audience of all ages.
GCAM PG.png PG Parental guidance is advised for film audience below 12 years old.
GCAM PG12.png PG12 Film audience below 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
GCAM R12.png R12 Film audience below 12 years old are prohibited to be admitted.
GCAM R15.png R15 Film audience below 15 years old are prohibited to be admitted.
GCAM R18.png R18 Film audience below 18 years old are prohibited to be admitted.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Cinemas to re-open in Saudi Arabia as of 2018, Ministry of Information confirms". Arab News. 2017-12-11. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  5. ^ Dudley, Dominic. "Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Movie Theatres At Last". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  6. ^ Jisr, Lynn (15 August 2016). "Gcam Implements New Rating System in Saudi Arabia". IGN Middle East. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  7. ^ "التصنيف العمري للألعاب الإلكترونية" (in Arabic). General Commission for Audiovisual Media. Retrieved 15 September 2019.

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