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Regulators want broadcast houses that breach content standards to pay hefty fine

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:38 AM

The regulator of electronic media in Jamaica is pushing for media houses that breach content standards to pay a fine of up to $250,000.

Generally, offending media entities issue apologies for airing content that breach broadcasting standards.

However, the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has faced public criticism that it's falling short in monitoring and enforcing rules.

Responding to the criticisms in a Gleaner article today, the BCJ’s executive director, Cordell Green, said the public should rest assured that no complaint which comes to its attention is ignored.

According to him, reports on content standards and other investigations and findings are published periodically on the BCJ’s website.

However, he stresses that the Broadcasting Commission wants stronger enforcement powers.

Green says that is why it is pushing for a monetary sanction against offending broadcasting entities.

He says the recommendation has been made to the Government.

Meanwhile, the BCJ says on Tuesday it will hold discussions on CVM Television’s alleged breach of standards in the airing of a segment of the station’s entertainment programme, 'Onstage'.

The BCJ says it is in discussions with CVM over the broadcast which involved content surrounding an issue between dancehall entertainers Ishawna and Foota Hype.


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