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Government wants more air time

by | Oct 7, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 3Government wants the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to see more GISL programming, and it’s trying to get television and radio stations to air these programmes more often.
According to reports, GISL approached the representative body for radio and television stations asking for more frequent broadcasts of State-produced programming to highlight government achievements.
The Ministry of Communications has revealed that they want shorter more frequent blocks if airtime.
Their aim is for persons to view the programmes every 15 minutes.
There are those like the Opposition, who believe its Government propaganda.
Reports indicate that Government wants to activate a clause in the concession given to television and radio stations, that allows an hour of free air time for state produced programming each day.
However instead of running 15 minute of half hour long features as is customary, Government want to run 60 one minute programmes from 6am to 9pm.
This would work out to be one programme every 15 minutes.
The Government is relying heavily on two clauses in the concessionary agreement with broadcasters as the basis for its request.
Clause D-30 states that Broadcasters must transmit any programme, announcement, information or other material which the Government may require to be transmitted as a matter of public interest.
And Clause D 31 helps Government in giving it latitude to define what that is by stating that the Gov’t may reasonably declare any matter or event to be of public interest.
The TTPBA has now reportedly gotten lawyers involved.

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