On Tuesday, at the plenary session of the Senate (12), a bill was approved allowing radio stations to run a sole proprietorship, i.e. with one partner (PL 7/2023). The bill came from the Chamber of Deputies, was not modified by senators and is currently being approved by the president.

Currently, the regulations do not allow sole proprietorship companies to operate in the field of broadcasting services. Design changes Law Decree 236 of 1967to enable companies of any legal nature – including sole proprietorships – to operate in this market.

According to Senator Eduardo Gomes (PL-TO), who was the rapporteur, this change allows the broadcasting industry to adopt a corporate model that, in his opinion, was created to “give more dynamics and reduce bureaucracy in economic activities.”

The project also increases the maximum number of radio and television stations that each entity can operate. Currently, the law provides for various restrictions depending on the scope (local, regional or national) and type of frequency. The same unit may have, for example, six frequency modulated (FM) radios with local coverage and three with regional coverage on medium wave.

The approved text modifies these limits to a total of twenty broadcasters, which may be FM, medium wave, short wave or tropical wave broadcasters. The number of television stations that may be awarded to the same entity is also increased from ten to twenty.

According to the rapporteur, these changes are necessary due to the migration of low-amplitude modulation (AM) stations to FM. With the current restrictions, some broadcasters are unable to migrate because they belong to groups that have already reached their station limit.

Agência Senado (reproduction authorized based on the quote from Agência Senado)



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