Broadcasting Commission

Government of Jamaica 

Commonwealth Digital Broadcasting Caribbean Forum 2017

The electronic media industry began its first close examination of digital switchover at a workshop organized by the Broadcasting Commission in March 2008, in Kingston. The discussion involved more than 100 representatives of the broadcasting and cable industry, telecommunications, transmission and retail sectors, and the consumer advocacy body.

Main regulatory agencies and policy-makers were also involved including the Spectrum Management Authority, the Office of Utilities Regulation, Consumer Affairs Commission, Ministry of Industry, Telecommunications, Energy and Commerce, Ministry of Information, and members of academia.

What Is Digital Switch-Over?

A change has started in some broadcasting sectors internationally as some countries advance from analogue systems – the type of radio and TV systems that most Jamaicans have in their homes – to digital radio and television. The planned transition to the new platform and the eventual switch off of analogue signals is called digital switchover.

Visiting consultant, Michael Starks presented a comprehensive overview of the experience of digital switchover in pioneering countries. That presentation provoked questions and views on the economic, environmental, and political considerations of transfer to digital platforms.

pdfMichael Starks' Presentation
pdfRapporteur's Report of the Workshop

National Steering Committee

The National Steering Committee was formed on February 19, 2009 and comprises members from Government, Industry, Corporate and Civil society. It is chaired by the Minister of Information and co-chaired by three industry representatives.

There are two sub-committees namely: Technical and Public Education.

pdfAddress by DSO Steering Committee Chair, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer to the Media on April 4, 2012

Transitioning from Analogue to new Digital Cable & Free-to-Air Television Systems

Technical Seminar Presentation

pdfTechnical Seminar Presentation - JPS
pdfTechnical Seminar Presentation on Digital Headend
pdfTechnical Seminar Presentation on Earth Station
pdfTechnical Seminar Presentation on Fiber Optic Transport
pdfTechnical Seminar Presentation on Optical Nodes

Steps to Digital Switchover Downloadable Files

pdfDigital Swithcover in Jamaica - Final Discussion Paper


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Our mission is to ensure a successful national transition to a digital economy, using technological innovation to empower, liberate and encourage new forms of business, social, cultural and media development while protecting the people of Jamaica from potential risks including harmful content.


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