On January 27, 2014, the BCJ will host an online training session which will be carried out under the Commission’s Citizen-based Media Monitors Programme. The programme was initiated to strengthen our capacity to monitor the content transmitted by our licensees.
The primary duty of the media monitors is to monitor radio, broadcast television and cable TV and report any problems with the material they see or hear to the Broadcasting Commission. They may make these reports by way of written or oral submission via telephone, email, social media or our website www.broadcastingcommission.org.
However, communication is not just limited to potential breaches; monitors can periodically give updates on the monitoring experience in terms of the stations they are listening to and viewing.
In terms of protocol, the Media Monitors are NOT expected to:
- Determine whether or not a licensee has committed a breach. They are only required to identify potentially problematic content.
- Identify themselves as representatives of the Broadcasting Commission.
- Make reports based on personal bias.
- Call licensees to warn or threaten them.
The Commission recognises the critical role that citizens can and should play in monitoring the numerous radio and television channels that exist. As a response to the increase in broadcasting and cable outlets, the Commission established a corps of island-wide Citizen based Media Monitors to assist in more comprehensive and effective monitoring of radio and television output. The media monitors will be drawn from diverse age groups, communities and organisations across the country.
If you want to volunteer to be a Media Monitor email your name and contact information to , call us at 929-1998, 920-9537-9 or 618-0876-8 or . A representative from the BCJ will contact you with further details.