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Still awaiting word from TVJ

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:07 AM


I sent the following letter to the general manager of TVJ on March 19, 2016. The general manager has informed me that the issue is being addressed with Kingston College.

I would be grateful if you would publish my letter, for I would still wish to receive a response from TVJ on the substance of my comment.

"Dear General Manager,

Re: Kingston College vs Campion (2016) quarter-final match

I am writing to request your intervention with respect to the quarter-final match between Kingston College and Campion in the Schools' Challenge Quiz Competition, aired on TVJ on March 18, 2016. Having watched the match, I am convinced that the result, as announced by TVJ, is incorrect.

At the end of the match, it appeared that Kingston College had won by four points. Then, after a commercial break, TVJ returned and announced that after a "careful review", the score was tied at the end of the match, necessitating a "sudden death" play-off. Campion prevailed on the sudden death.

TVJ did not indicate what aspect of the "careful review" necessitated the deduction of four points from Kingston College.

My understanding from persons present at the studio when the match was recorded is that the judges held that Kingston College had mispronounced the name 'Absalom'. But, on examination, it is evident that there was nothing wrong with the pronunciation of 'Absalom'.

So, the question remains, on what basis did TVJ deduct four points from Kingston College? I ask you to intervene to rectify this situation.

The TVJ Schools' Challenge Quiz has had an important history. I fear that episodes such as the current problem concerning the Kingston College-Campion match may undermine, weaken and tarnish the reputation of the competition. Your intervention is necessary. I urge you to do the right thing. Kingston College should be confirmed as the victor in the match."