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TVJ moves quickly to appease angry 'Voice' lovers

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2013 | 10:30 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Local broadcaster, Television Jamaica (TVJ) has moved to appease angry local viewers of the United States (US) vocal competition, The Voice, by having one of its partner stations, Reggae Entertainment Television (RETV) air the programme live.

Yesterday, TVJ came under heavy criticisms from social media because of its decision to purchase the rights for the programme, and air it two hours after its live broadcast on NBC in the US.

A Facebook page, with almost 2,000 likes, which was launched to criticise the station's move, accused the broadcaster of high-jacking the rights of The Voice.

In a response this morning, the local broadcaster acknowledged the widespread concerns and announced that as of today, RETV will air the programme live on cable, and TVJ will air it delayed at 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

Jamaicans' interest in the US programme has grown following the entrance of local talent, Tessanne Chin and her impressive performance to advance from the auditions phase last month.


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