By Aaron Humes: Further to a statement issued on behalf of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus of the National Assembly, Speaker of the House of Representatives and interim chair of the Caucus Valerie Woods has written the chair of the Belize Broadcasting Authority (BBA), Evan Tench, in relation to comments made on PLUS TV by Louis Wade on July 25.
The Speaker notes that there has been no apology, nor retraction of the statement from Wade since, and neither has there been any comment or announcement of action by the Authority. Such actions, by a Board member no less, she states, “cannot be tolerated and must be addressed.”
She cites Section 17 of the Revised Schedule of Terms and Conditions for ON AIR Television License under the Broadcasting and Television Act of 2002, last amended in 2006, which charges a licensee to “exercise care and discretion to ensure that the programs broadcast do not include material which is revoltingly lewd, perverse or sexually explicit, or which promotes, lauds, encourages or incites crime and public disorder…” among other things.
Section 32 of the Revised Schedule prescribes that “Failure to comply with any or all terms of conditions can result in fines and/or non-renewal of license as per Section 10 of the Belize Broadcasting and Television Act.”