The partner organisations of the event, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, Caribbean Broadcasting Union and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, plan to work with the stakeholders to refine the checklist into a comprehensive roadmap to guide the digital broadcasting switchover process across the region.
Sharing his views about the event, Patrick Cozier, Secretary General, Caribbean Broadcasting Union said, “the event has been interesting, informative and enlightening. We have learnt the importance of re-designing business and operational models if broadcasters are to successfully make the transition to the digital era.”
Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica called the event “an important initiative that contributed to deepening and broadening existing regional collaboration.”
Gwen Gadden-Amelo, Director, Telecommunications Authority of Suriname, found the event “an opportunity to prepare regulators to lead the development of the ICT sector, including broadcasting, in the context of the impending paradigm shift brought about by the Digital Broadcasting Switchover.”
“The presence of a range of stakeholders was an important feature as sharing of views is critical to the successful Digital Broadcasting Switchover, which may determine the very survival of broadcasters,” said Gary Allen, Managing Director, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica.
Digital Broadcasting Switchover Caribbean Forum was attended by over 50 delegates from 20 Caribbean countries and territories representing regulators, public service broadcasters and private sector broadcasters. The event was followed by the 42nd Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.