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TVJ gave notice of 'The Voice' rights acquisition – Broadcasting Commission

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2013 | 1:35 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ), says with further details, it will issue a statement on the decision of local broadcaster, Television Jamaica (TVJ), to purchase the rights of United States (US) vocal competition, The Voice.

Yesterday, TVJ came under heavy criticisms from the public, via 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.

In a brief statement, the BCJ said TVJ had given notification of the acquisition of the rights to the US-based vocal competition.

According to the BCJ, generally nothing prevents a broadcaster from acquiring the rights to any programme which has been made available by the rights holder.

The regulators added that this is a matter of intellectual property rights, specifically copyright.

The BCJ said it will comment further if new information becomes available.

Meanwhile, in a quick response, the broadcaster has acknowledged the widespread concerns and announced that as of today Reggae Entertainment Television (RETV) will air the programme live on cable, and TVJ will air it delayed at 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

TVJ also noted that in making arrangements for the airing of The Voice, it had retained different options to ensure it could respond to the needs of viewers.

The programme, which will run until December, is aired on US network, NBC, Monday and Tuesday, evenings from 7-9 p.m.

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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