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Director of the Telecommunications Policy and Management Programme at the Mona School of Business, Dr. Hopeton Dunn has urged the Broadcasting Commission to begin preparing the industry for the entry of digital broadcasting.
“Digital broadcasting has many possibilities.it is an emerging technology and we are not equipped. In many of the countries of the world they have already defined the cut over date when HD (high definition) is going to be the norm. We need to do that if we have not done so yet and to use the interregnum to bring the whole broadcasting environment up to speed,” he said.
Dr. Dunn who was speaking recently at the broadcasting Commission’s 20th anniversary and luncheon awards ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, pointed out that one of the potential advantages of digital radio broadcasting was that it would provide the opportunity for radio text.
“With digital radio when you turn on or you switch from one station to the other, you can already see the name of the station coming up automatically on the front of the radio. You will also be able, as that technology develops, to see coming up on that particular small radio screen the name of the song and the person who is singing. We are also going to be able to get a whole range of things in relation to this emerging digital broadcasting. This is something that we need to think about very seriously,” he stated. Also, Dr. Dunn noted that there was a need to regulate Internet content in order to protect the vulnerable groups in the society from cyber crime and pornography.
“The Internet is becoming a very important public space. There are issues about how to manage crime within this cyber space, therefore while it might not be a conventional regulation of content it certainly has to be regulation in relation to how we handle cyber crimes, e-transactions and pornography and children,” he said.
Dr. Dunn further noted that in many countries the practice was not to regulate the Internet “because unlike over the air broadcasting the Internet is something that you have to log on to and seek out yourself but we have to monitor what is put out there since it is something that we need to look into,” he said.
A number of persons were awarded for years of service to the Broadcasting Commission. Anthony Johnson was presented with the employee of the year award. While Former Chairmen of the Commission, Lloyd Vermont, Beverly Pereira, Erica Gordon and Professor Edward Baugh and Retired Permanent Secretary, Pauline Gordon were awarded for their distinguished service.

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