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Some aspects of media worrying

Monday, September 24, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

I read with great interest columnist Clare Forrester's commentary on September 19 about management and performance and staff problems at CVM, and at Lyndhurst Road, which I take to mean the RJR Group. I am among those who did not get to watch Jamaica's magnificent performance at the Olympics because of the sometimes bad transmitter service coming from CVM. The Broadcasting Commission needs to explain to the nation why CVM was allowed to provide such service to Jamaicans at such a time as the Olympics.

As a shareholder of RJR I am happy to read the media research report that TVJ is such a force to be reckoned with in the media landscape, but it is worrying that people of the calibre of former general manager Kay Osborne and broadcaster Simon Croskill have left the station almost together, along with one other senior manager, and that others may be about to leave. This is not a good sign for the future of TVJ, as the people at the station make a big difference and no-one could fault the TVJ employees who built up the station to what it now is.

I am in deep despair over RJR, for the same media report shows the once mighty rock of all ages RJR 94 FM is now flat on its knees with just 13 per cent of radio listeners listening to it, and FAME FM is a shadow of itself as it could only manage to scrape together five per cent of the radio public while other stations saw their listeners grow by leaps and bounds. What in the world has been happening at RJR, and what will happen when Butch Stewart starts up his new radio station?

Paul Jackson




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