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TVJ sloppy during Prime Time News

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Does Television Jamaica (TVJ) have a high regard for accuracy when presenting the news? I am not convinced.

In recent times, I have observed habitual errors in relation to incorrect videos being shown regarding items of news and it's also quite common that pictures of persons or those in video clips are not correctly identified.

The most recent case was on Prime Time News on Wednesday, February 2017 when a reporter, on at least three occasions, referred to Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers (who was shown making a presentation on extortion) as Clifford Blake, who is a deputy commissioner of police. Clifford Chambers' name was shown in the video clip, but for persons who do not know these officers, there would be uncertainty as to the real identity and which high-ranking officer was in the spotlight.

And what about those persons who may have been listening to this news item on radio or by any other medium?

What was most amazing (as has become customary for TVJ) was that there was no apology or correction of this obvious error, neither following the report or at the end of Prime Time News. They can certainly do much better.