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Go-Jamaica - Transcript
Online Discussion with Broadcasting Commission (Jamaica)
20 June 2002

Question
Are people serious about children protection?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:14:16 PM)
Yes we are.
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Question
Is there any form of censorship coming for TV station to protect kids from sexually explicit material from cable TV
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:16:27 PM)
not censorship, guidance and regulations designed to ensure responsible communications......... not to restrict free speech... our focus is to educate.
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Question
Will shows such as Queer as folk and Six feet under be blocked?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:17:46 PM)
They will ultimately only be available to audiences who are informed and choose to have adult content of this nature in their homes.
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Question
Hello and good evening, how will the new system protect our children from those explicit material show on the cable stations?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:19:10 PM)
We propose to rate all channels and have them placed in appropriate groups. Subscribers will then choose the group of their choice.
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Question
Will there be any form of blocking systems provided to customers of cable tv to block certain cable channels from their kids?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:25:02 PM)
Most modern TV sets are equipped with v-chip technology but many persons do not know how to use it. We propose a system that allows the subscribers to indicate the channels they do not wish to receive. At the high end this would be an addressable or interdiction system.
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Question
Jamaica needs to do better with their broadcast on CIN. The use of technology is very, very poor.
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:26:53 PM)
We are catching up. Some radio stations are actually advanced in their use of digital technology but we realize we have some way to go.

Question
What about advertisements? Will you be regulating that?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:28:02 PM)
The code applies to all content.
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Question
I am oblivious to the cost if any for this feature...could elaborate some on how much it will cost the average consumer.
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:30:39 PM)
It is a bit difficult to say conclusively but the long term benefit will certainly out way the cost in instances where the addressable system is in use the additional cost is about 200,000 a month.
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Question
Larry King Here.. TV regulation has failed in the USA why do you think it will work here?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:32:18 PM)
We are more interested in viewing the children programming code as a tool rather than a regulatory instrument also the size of the industry in Jamaica is more manageable.
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Question
Why are programs such as the World Cup and any sports, events being blocked on cable. As a cable subscriber who pays a lot of money for this service I feel I should be able to view sporting events on cable.
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:35:16 PM)
You are entitle to what your cable provider has paid for. World cup is owned by FIFA and it has sold the exclusive broadcast right to TVJ (for the territory of Jamaica)
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Question
Who have you held consultations with?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:39:23 PM)
The advertising sector, agencies involved in promoting children well being, independent video producers, announcers, musicians and of course managers of radio, TV, cable stations and media associations. last night we had a public forum in Kingston. and next week we travel to Montego Bay......Tuesday June 25 Mount Alvernia High School 6:00pm.
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Question
Does responsibility ultimately rest with the individual?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:40:57 PM)
Yes, undoubtedly. This code provides an opportunity for adults to make an informed choice about their and their children's exposure.
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Question
Who are your major sponsors?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:43:10 PM)
This process is being led by the Broadcasting commission pulling on resources such as University Researchers, Broadcasters and an international agencies concern with children and the media including UNICEF and UNESCO
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Question
A certain TV in Jamaica portrays a racy TV show every Sunday evening at prime time. Who will decide how racy things are? (no one seems to be complaining)
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:45:16 PM)
We believe their is a place for adult entertainment, however such programs are unsuitable for early evening viewing when large amounts of children are or likely to be in the audience.
There will be a water shed starting at 9:00 meaning that programming will take on an increasing adult nature after that time.
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Question
BROCOM, KIDS CAN WATCH ANYTHING THEY WANT. KIDS CANNOT BE UNDER 24 HR SUPERVISION, AND IN DEPORTEE'S ESTIMATION, IT CAN BE ARGUED THAT LOT SOF PROGRAMMING AINT GOOD FOR KIDS. SO WHAT THE SOLUTION?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:48:36 PM)
Public education is a critical aspect of putting individual in a position to use the code in children best interest. We will explore every available avenue including encouraging the broadcasters to inform the public about the code.
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Question
Since you have been around since 1986 why have you been so quiet?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:51:30 PM)
We haven't been quiet but the landscape has changed. From 2 radio stations and 1 TV station in 1989 to 3 TV stations, 48 legal cable TV providers and 12 radio stations... certainly our approach must change and there are also more avenues for you to hear us.
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Question
Who are the major stakeholders and is the public invited to these consultations?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:54:01 PM)
Yes join us in Montego Bay, Mt. Alvernia High School at 6:00pm on Tuesday June 25. Remember you can go to our website at www.broadcom.org we will announce other public meetings.
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Question
WHAT R SOME OF THE TABOO STUFF THE BROADCAST COMMISSION FIND NOT FIT FOR KIDS.
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:55:32 PM)
Graphic violence, explicit sex, violent language and any content that teaches children antisocial behaviour.
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Question
WHAT R SOME OF THE TABOO STUFF THE BROADCAST COMMISSION FIND NOT FIT FOR KIDS.
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:56:25 PM)
We are really concern about the message that much of the media send to our children about what behaviour is acceptable.
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Question
Don't mean to be rude but I think this is the wrong medium to be discussing such an important topic. This is one of the reasons why Jamaica is in the condition it is in, a diversified chat room where a few (i repeat) a few citizens come to converse and have fun is used as an avenue to disseminate and discuss such important topics. I ask, what are we to do after this go out and spread the word?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:57:42 PM)
We have consulted broadly using several means including TV discussion, focus groups and public meetings.
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Question
Who will sit and decide which category a program belongs to? Who will rate the programs and can I appeal the rating?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 7:59:52 PM)
The code is a tool to guide broadcasters in rating programs and to assist the broadcasting commissions in addressing vague regulations. It is also a tool for parents to decide what type of content they will expose their families to.
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Question
Who will sit and decide which category a program belongs to? who will rate the programs and can I appeal the rating?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:02:06 PM)
Yes you can appeal. The commission like all administrative bodies is subject judicial review.
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Question
On Tuesday last, CVM carried the replay of the Lewis-Tyson bout. On a number of occasions the coaches/trainers used expletives such as f... and mother-f. How does this airing at some minutes to 11 correspond with the laws governing broadcasting?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:04:14 PM)
We have never heard this before but profane and unseen language is prohibited under the law. Just recently action was taken against two TV stations for broadcasting prohibited language.
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Question
SUPPOSE THERE IS A PRUDE ON THE BROADCASTING COMMISSION AND THERE R PRUDES THERE, WHO GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO SUBJECT THEIR BAS VIEWS ON THE LITTLE PPLE?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:05:42 PM)
This is precisely why a code is being developed. We think the law has currently drafted lends itself to wide subjective interpretation.
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Question
Often times TV stations attempted to edit the words of some movies. Now even the deaf can hear the deafening silence and fill in the blanks how is such things treated? Suggestive I might say?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:08:51 PM)
The station is prohibited from actually broadcasting indecent or profane language. If an obscuring mechanism is used it must eliminate completely the offensive matter.
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Question
I would like to know the names and qualifications of the Commissioners
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:11:15 PM)
Visit our website at www.broadcom.org to read about the commissioners. The chairman is Dwight Whylie a veteran broadcasters with a distinguished career in Jamaica and Canada.
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Question
bunny arnt this really not putting the cart before the horse expecting the cart to pull the horse.kids are already learning violence sex foul languages from parents, friends and the general public and society at large is this not true?
Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:12:33 PM)
You are describing how difficult the task it but we cant afford to abandon our children.
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Brocom (Jun 20, 2002 8:13:41 PM)
It was our Pleasure to be with you we look forward to a continuation of your support of the Broadcasting Commission.
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