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Senator retreats under MAJ pressure

Published:Tuesday | June 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Under pressure from the Media Association of Jamaica Limited (MAJ), government senator Dennis Meadows has decided against proceeding with a controversial resolution, notice of which was given in the Senate last Friday.

The resolution called for the MAJ to accept a more divisible and flexible use of government time on radio and television.

The move by Meadows came after the executive of the MAJ on Monday morning unanimously decided to withdraw overtures of a compromise it had made to the Government to resolve the disagreement over planned changes to how government-reserved time is used on all radio and television stations in the country.

The MAJ has described as "disturbing" an approach that has emerged from the Government, through Meadows, who last Friday gave notice in the Senate to move a motion to push the MAJ to accept changes "... across radio and television as proposed by the administration ... ."

In a press statement yesterday, Meadows said he decided not to proceed with the motion this Friday as he has now been fully briefed on the status of negotiations between the Government and the MAJ on the issue.

The release said that some of the points that were in contention have now been agreed and the Senate resolution might not contribute to the progress of the discussions at this time.