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Milton Samuda resigns from RJR boards over tape controversy
2013-09-13 17:07:02 | (0 Comments)
Attorney-at-law Milton Samuda has resigned as chairman of the board of Television Jamaica and deputy chairman of Radio Jamaica in the wake of controversy surrounding his role in a media interview with his clients sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.
The attorney had been criticised for his decision in July to request the tapes of two journalists following their interviews with the athletes.
Samuda's actions led to calls from the Press Association of Jamaica for him to resign from the boards of RJR and TVJ.
That call was later withdrawn following a meeting with Samuda during which he apologised for his actions.
The RJR Communication Group had launched its own investigation into the matter.
The media group said once the matter was disclosed to the management it became clear that issues of apparent authority impacting editorial guidelines and journalistic practice were contravened.
This afternoon a release from the media group said it has completed the investigation and found that Samuda and the reporters were wrong.
It said the pre-agreed conditions for the interview and departure from them have shown editorial and journalistic breaches for which its reporter has apologised and accepted disciplinary action.
The RJR Communications Group also says there were corporate governance issues and policy breaches which the chairman of TVJ accepts.
The group says now that the investigations have been completed, Samuda has said he does not want to see the names of RJR and TVJ called into question and will therefore resign.
The RJR Communications Group says it will disclose the new appointments to its Boards of Directors in due course.
Samuda served the Board of Radio Jamaica for 17 years and was chairman of TVJ for thirteen 13 years.
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