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BCJ says cable operators complying with order to remove channels

Published:Monday | August 31, 2015 | 5:16 PM

The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) says there has been a high level of compliance by cable operators with the order to discontinue the illegal broadcast of certain channels.

The BCJ issued the directive in April, urging the operators to observe copyright requirements. 

In a statement today, the BCJ said at its next meeting, it will consider a detailed field report on the exact level of compliance by each operator.

It says it will also determine any future course of action.

But according to the BCJ, initial indications are that the majority of operators have removed all 19 channels as directed. 

The timeline for compliance with the directive was extended from May 31 to August 31 following an intervention by the Office of the Prime Minister.

This gave operators an additional three months to comply.

The BCJ notes that any cable operator found to be in breach of the directive will be subject to sanctions within the terms of the Broadcasting Act and Regulations.