House Passes Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Bill


The House of Representatives approved a Bill entitled: “An Act to Amend the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act” during its sitting on Wednesday (July 2).
The Bill, which was piloted by Minister of Information, Culture, Youth, and Sports, Olivia Grange, seeks to amend the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act to empower the Minister to approve licences accordingly.
Government has implemented a policy, which seeks to increase local and regional television programmes via cable, with a view to: providing information, education, and entertainment relevant to individual communities, the nation, and the Caribbean; providing a developmental strategy for Jamaica; and preserving and showcasing the talent, skills, culture, and heritage of Jamaica and the Caribbean.
In pursuance of that policy, the government has decided to expand the categories of licences to include: international relay service licence, subscriber television service, independent programme provider (subscription only) and other independent programme providers, while making changes to non-commercial broadcasting services.

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