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On Saturday, March 25, the Bhutan Media Foundation met the members of the media fraternity for the first time after it was formed.

The purpose of the meet was simple. The BMF wanted to get a first-hand account of all the issues facing the media and then align its course of action to help the media.

The media raised its concerns.

It covered sustainability issues, lack of trained professionals in the media, the horizontal movement of media professionals among the media houses, the controversial ad policy, cross media ownership, lack of printing press, government’s ad distribution policy, the inclusion of new media and relevant legislature needed thereof, the RTI, journalists’ association, press club, media council, and many more.

We had our share of fun when debates were ignited because of differences within the media houses.

The media guys were also asked whether the movie industry should be included under the aegis of the BMF to which all members felt that it was a bit too early for that.

What stood out in the discussion was that the media fraternity has numerous problems. It also means that the BMF has taken a huge task upon itself.

The private newspapers have also decided to come up with an association of private newspapers (the name has not yet been finalized). The first meeting is scheduled to be held today afternoon at the office of The Journalist.