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Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Hon. Mia Mottley, will deliver the keynote address at the Broadcasting Commission’s Regional Regulators’ Forum on Policy and Regulation in the Electronic Media.
The Forum, which will bring together a cadre of broadcasters and regulators as well as local and international policy makers and experts to discuss the future of broadcasting in the Caribbean, will take place July 5 to 6, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.
In an interview with the JIS, Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Hopeton Dunn, stated that he was looking forward to Ms. Mottley’s presentation, given her experience and expertise in the areas of broadcasting, telecommunications reform and Information Communication Technologies (ICT).
He said that the Commission is excited about the event, as Ms. Mottley is the former Barbadian Minister with responsibility for CARICOM Information Ministers’ Conferences, and brings considerable authority in her knowledge and engagement with the subject matters.
Ms. Mottley is also a former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Affairs and Development and Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture in Barbados. In August 2001, she was appointed Barbados’ first female Attorney-General.
Dr. Dunn stressed that the forum would set a framework for broadcasters and regulators, across the region, to work in a complementary and coherent manner.
“We have a number of issues which we want to share with our counterpart Caribbean regulators in broadcasting, including issues of common standards for broadcasting output, the timetable for the Digital Switchover from analogue to digital media transmission and the harmonization of policies,” Dr. Dunn stated.
He believes that the conference will offer an opportunity for discussion and agreement on common approaches on broadcasting matters.
Several issues will be discussed in four major roundtables: “Media Policy for the Digital Age”, “The Digital Communications Market: Challenges and Opportunities”, “The future of Broadband and Digital Platforms” and “Media Content Standards”.
All the roundtable sessions will be streamed live on the Commission’s website www.broadcom.org.
The Broadcasting Commission is the region’s oldest broadcasting regulator, and has been successfully engaged, over the last few years, in leading the transformation of on air content, especially in music, to more acceptable daily output.