Head of the National Frequency Management Unit, Mr. Valmiki Singh has advised that the Region 10 Broadcasting Inc (RBI) could be assigned a channel for use as a regional television channel.
Mr. Singh gave the technical recommendations during talks yesterday with Mr. Sharma Solomon, one of the directors of the new company representing the people of the bauxite community. The tripartite meeting was convened by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who holds the information and telecommunications portfolios. Mr. Singh has undertaken to make an assessment of the company’s transmission equipment.
In anticipation of being granted a license to broadcast, equipment was purchased since 2012. However the previous government failed to honour the commitment made to Region 10 in an earlier agreement.
This significant development comes following the announcement by Minister of State Joseph Harmon that the government will honour the 2012 agreement with Region 10.
The ownership and management of a community television station formed part of that agreement and the company was set up for the purpose of applying for the license to broadcast in Linden and surrounding communities.
Consultations commenced over a week ago and were initiated by Prime Minister Nagamootoo and Director of Public Information, Mr. Imran Khan. National Communications Network Chief Engineer Dallan Harris provided technical advice.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo and Mr. Khan had earlier held discussions with Mr. Virgil Harding who manages the operations of Radio Paiwomak, the Annai based community radio station. These discussions included efforts to strengthen the operations of Radio Paiwomak along with extending the broadcast range. Prime Minister Nagamootoo has indicated that discussions have commenced with regard to extending NCN Television’s range beyond Linden to hinterland communities. (GINA)