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Is nothing sacred, TVJ?

Published:Monday | October 20, 2014 | 12:26 PM

THE EDITOR, Sir:


A few weeks ago I was watching the state funeral for The Honourable Roger Clarke, on TVJ, and was most disconcerted to see the service interrupted by the station’s broadcast of the midday Supreme Ventures lottery draw.

At the time, I felt I was perhaps being overly sensitive as to what was appropriate, so I held my tongue. This (Monday) morning however, watching the national awards ceremony on the same channel, I was appalled to see the broadcast of the ceremony interrupted by the showing of the 10:30 a.m. game draw.
Surely TVJ could have delayed this broadcast until after the awards ceremony.  I know that they must have contractual arrangements with Supreme Ventures, but as a responsible corporate citizen I doubt if they would have been averse to this being done. At the very least, TVJ could have broadcast a split screen with the ceremony and the drawing in separate windows.

Is there any event of national importance which would take precedence over the showing of the results of the four-times daily game draws? 

Trevor Blair
tblair_ja@yahoo.com