Trinidad and Tobago Broadcast Code

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has published a draft Broadcasting Code  containing rules for regulating the content of programmes and material transmitted by radio and TV broadcasters (specifically the free-to-air radio, free-to-air TV and the basic (or general audience) package of subscription TV broadcasters).

According to the document :

“the principles which inform the Code are respect for the right of adults to choose the programming they want, while protecting children and young persons from unsuitable
material through appropriate scheduling and, the need to protect persons from harm or
unnecessary offence.”

The Code prescribes specific standards for the broadcast of free-to-air radio and television programmes in relation to a number of issues including the following :

  • Protection of children and young persons
  • Harm and offence
  • Crime
  • Race
  • Due Impartiality and due accuracy in the reporting of news
  • Election coverage
  • Fairness and privacy
  • Right of reply
  • Information and warnings
  • Advertising and sponsorship
  • Religion

The Code also outlines procedures for receiving complaints and for redress.

TATT will be holding public meetings (not announced as of August 10th, 2008 ) at locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago between 18th August 2008 and 29th August 2008. Persons may also submit comments in writing to the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago at 76 Boundary Road, San Juan, Trinidad or by email to [email protected].

The deadline for the receipt of written comments on the Code and the Guidelines to TATT is
August 29, 2008

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Also, see Presentations from TATT’s seminar “Balance on the airwaves ; free speech and responsibility”