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    Dec 11, 2013

    'Key changes' to registry forms for Breakfast Network

    EVEN as she decided not to register with the Media Development Authority (MDA), the founder of eight-month-old sociopolitical site Breakfast Network yesterday made public the forms she was required to fill up to do so.

    In a post on the website's Facebook page, Ms Bertha Henson pointed to "key changes" in forms she was given, compared with the ones available on the MDA's website.

    These included having to list anyone, even volunteer contributors, involved in managing or running Breakfast Network, instead of only executive-committee and editorial-team members previously.

    The regulator had set Dec 17 as the deadline for Breakfast Network to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification. The site also had to undertake not to receive foreign funding.

    Lawyers and business people described the forms as "onerous", said the former Straits Times associate editor.

    Breakfast Network has to cease its online service as it is not registering, the MDA said yesterday in a statement.