Monday, 17 July 2017

NEWS FEED: TV-J acquires exclusive broadcast rights for IAAF World Championships

AHEAD OF THE PACK: For next month’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, Television Jamaica has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for Jamaica and the region, in addition to non-exclusive radio rights and internet streaming of the championships. As such, the station is taking a firm stance against any possible violation of this arrangement. “Please be advised that TV-J is the only station that has been granted these rights by the IAAF and there should be no unauthorized broadcast of any of the championships by any other television or cable provider unless authorized to use these rights,” the media house said in a print advisory that ran in the local papers on Sunday. “These rights also include internet streaming, pay-per-view, closed-circuit viewing and public viewing of the championships. All media platforms in Jamaica and regionally will be monitored.” The championships run from August 5-13.

SERIOUS ABOUT BUSINESS: Observing the theme, “#JADiasporaStrong… Make the Connection, Live the Experience,” the Jamaica Diaspora Conference is set for July 23-26 in Kingston. The conference, expected to draw mammoth attendance, will address everything from finance and investment opportunities and emerging entrepreneurial industries to community partnerships and development projects. Among the local and international speakers set to grace the podium are Dr. Julius Garvey, Michael Lee Chin and Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson-Smith. “The conference will provide an opportunity for us to focus on how investment can take place and to celebrate what is good about Jamaica,” the minister points out. “It will also celebrate our business confidence levels and the ways in which Jamaica is ripe for investments.” 

DOLLARS & SENSE: As the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) moves forward in the post-Burrell era, the sporting body’s financial footing will be increasingly thrust under the microscope, due largely to that massive $300-million debt. Even so, JFF treasurer and Vice President, Garry Sinclair, waxes optimistic about the road ahead. “Given the state of our finances and the size of our finance department, I think we have done an excellent job of keeping creditors at bay, remaining a credible organization and institution, and filing all of the returns because there is a tendency when you have financial fortunes like ours to not comply with the reporting requirements. We are up to date,” he recently revealed to an interviewer. The key to greater financial stability for the organization, Sinclair is convinced, rests with the senior Reggae Boyz programme. “We will have to become more of a perennial contender for qualification to the World Cup – and indeed qualify for the World Cup,” he argues. “If the senior team gets better and gets to where we want them to go, we are not going to have to worry about financing.” span>

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