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”

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

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) seminar “Balance on the Airwaves: Free speech and responsibility” was held on April 2nd and 3rd, 2008 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Trinidad.

The seminar was very informative and fortunately, TATT has made the presentations made at the “Balance on the Airwaves : Free Speech and responsibility” seminar online.  TATT has also mentioned that video footage will also be available.

TATT seminar “balance on the airwaves ; free speech and responsibility” on April 2-3, 2008

The Telecom Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) is sponsoring a public seminar called “Balance on the airwaves: free speech and responsibility” on April 2-3, 2008 at the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.

There is no charge for attending this seminar, however interested persons are asked to register by 4:00pm Wednesday March 26th 2008. To register you are kindly asked to contact Mr Sean Samad, Communications, Public Relations Officer or Ms Ingrid Gittens, Administrative Coordinator at 675-8288 ext 310 and 332 respectively or at registration at tatt -dot- org -dot- tt.

According to the PDF on TATT’s website (18K) :

“This seminar will feature, interactive sessions, panel discussions and stimulating presentations by the following eight internationally respected experts on issues and areas of concern dealing with broadcasting, media and regulation policies and practices for media and broadcasting.

  • Ms. Eve Salomon – author of UNESCO and CBA’s “Guidelines for Broadcasting Regulation” – The Broadcast Code – challenges faced and commonalities encountered (with a focus on the global aim to protect minors)
  • Dr. Hopeton Dunn – Director, Telecommunications Policy and Management Programme, Mona Business School, UWI MONA – Globalisation, Convergence and the Digital Future: Policy Issues in Caribbean Broadcasting Regulation.
  • Mr. Mark Lloyd – Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Adj. Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute: The relationship between communication policies and a strong democratic society – why talk radio is important
  • Dr. Suzy dos Santos – Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro: “The role of media in social development and democracy: how Brazil faces global changes in TV regulation, distribution and production”
  • Mr. Toby Mendel – Law/Asia Programmes Director, ARTICLE 19: International Guarantees of Freedom of Expression: Implications for Broadcast Regulation
  • Ms. Sonia Gill – Asst. Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica: A Caribbean perspective: stakeholder consultation and the road to broadcast regulation in Jamaica
  • Ms. Graciela Baroni Suleiman – Executive Coordinator NUPEF, RITS’ Centre for Research, Studies and Capacity Building in ICT for Human Development, Internet Governance and Rights: The impact of media on the construction of more peaceful societies
  • Mr. Ronald I. Cohen – National Chair, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council: Making the link – the model of self-regulation, enforcement and collaboration between regulators and the broadcasting sector

Under the Telecommunications Act,  TATT is mandated to develop a National Broadcasting Code which will apply to the transmission of audio, video and text broadcasts via any medium, whether “free to air”, subscription based, or the Internet”

In April 2005, TATT’s announced a Draft National Broadcasting Code (PDF ; 157K) document and after three public consultations, announced that a Broadcast Code in 2006 will be in place although this did not happen.