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Re: Letter to the Editor, “Ishawna-Foota Hype bedroom drama trauma”, published September 24, 2014

  The Broadcasting Commission takes note of a letter to the Gleaner editor on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, entitled “Ishawna-Foota Hype bedroom drama trauma” in which the writer infers that the Broadcasting Commission is in collusion with CVM TV to air inappropriate content. He was referring to the programme “On Stage” which was aired in […]

Is Payola Down?

While there is no scientific data to suggest that there has been a reduction in payola in the music industry, Cordel Green, executive director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ), says there is an indication that it is not as prevalent as it once was. For years, the BCJ has been on a rigorous […]

Broadcasting Commission Statement on “Suits”

While the Broadcasting Commission appreciates the concerns raised, it has no legal basis on which to intervene in legitimate commercial agreements between content owners, such as the producers of “Suits” and programme distributors, such as local television stations. Subscribers to cable television should be aware that cable operators are distributors of channels and they do […]

Accountability a Top Priority for the Broadcasting Commission

The Broadcasting Commission notes, with concern, a misleading article in today’s edition of the Gleaner titled “Does anyone care about how public funds are spent?” That article wrongfully accuses the Commission of not holding itself accountable, on an apparent erroneous basis that the Commission is not up to date in producing its Annual Reports and […]

The Power of PROsumers

Did you know that you may have the power to influence the success OR failure of a brand or company? Well, if you are an avid user of social media tools such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and the many other social networks that exist, then you most certainly do have a lot of power. With […]

Net Neutrality And Its Implications For Content Distribution And Access

The Internet as we know it, has been in existence for several years, and during this time, there have been many changes and technological advances that have affected how it operates. One issue that has arisen in recent times – which may affect the Internet in a profound way – is Net Neutrality. The concept […]

Online Privacy – Are You Really Protected?

“A 20-year-old woman stalked via the Internet and killed. Thousands of e-commerce customers watching as their credit card numbers are sold online for $1 apiece. Internet chat rooms – where identities are bought, sold and traded.” What you just read are examples cited by Bob Sullivan from MSNBC, of the many ways in which one’s […]

An Introduction to OTT (Over-The-Top) Content

popular content distributors Netflix and Hulu, then it’s safe to say you’re also familiar with over-the-top (OTT) content. Pace defines OTT content as “video, television and other services provided over the internet rather than via a service provider’s own dedicated, managed IPTV network”. IPTV, in this case, refers to Internet Protocol television. Most persons are […]

Media Statement: Islandwide Broadcast Coverage Requirement and Public Access to CVM Television Signals for FIFA World Cup 2014

Over the last two years, since 2012, the Broadcasting Commission has been in correspondence and meetings with all broadcasters and cable providers about their coverage range and signal quality being delivered to towns, communities and villages throughout Jamaica, in line with the terms of their licences. Over the period 2012 to 2014 the Commission supplemented […]

The Rise of Second Screens

Do you often find yourself using your mobile phone or tablet while watching television? If yes, you are among the many persons now participating in the growing trend of using second screens. In Jamaica, the use of smartphones and tablets is gaining popularity as both an alternative and complement to watching television or listening to […]

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