Broadcasting Commission

Government of Jamaica 

The Broadcasting Commission is an independent statutory agency established in June 1986. It falls under the ambit of the Minister with responsibility for Information.  The Commission is mandated by the Broadcasting and Radio Re-diffusion Act (BRRA) to monitor and regulate free-to-air television, broadcast radio and subscriber television (Cable) services to ensure their operation at appropriate levels in relation to technical, programming, and service standards.  

The Commission is specifically mandated to:

  • Administer the BRRA and the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations (TSBR).
  • Evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Minister for the grant of licences and the terms under which licenses should be granted and/ or renewed.
  • Monitor whether the operations and the programming of licensees meet the standards set out in law or the terms and conditions of licence.  Where a licensee is shown to be non-compliant, the Commission may either direct the licensee to air an apology or recommend to the Minister that the license be suspended or revoked.
  • Provide advice to policy makers in the formulation of policies for the industry.
  • Conduct research on all areas relating to the electronic media in Jamaica.

Vision

To be an innovative regulator that leads and facilitates the development and advancement of a dynamic electronic communications sector for the benefit of Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Mission

To ensure a successful national transition to a digital economy, using the empowering and liberating potential of technological innovation to encourage new forms of business, social, cultural and media development while protecting the people of Jamaica from potential abuses of communication and influence.

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5th Floor, Victoria Mutual Building
53 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5
Jamaica WI
Telephone: 876-920-9537-9
929-1998, 618-0876-8
Toll Free: 1-888-99- CABLE (22253)
Facsimile: 876-929-1997
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