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Sep 23, 1998

Committee formed to oversee closing of B.C.B.

from monthly government subsidies while at the same time competing with private sector broadcasters, will simply be shut down and its assets sold. Of prime concern to government in carrying out this process is to help the over thirty B.C.B. employees to find new jobs and to ensure that existing operations will fill the vacuum in public service broadcasting which will be left by the departure of the government owned station. Observers have long noted that Belize has far too many radio, television and cable stations for its small population and as a result the private broadcast industry has lived for many years on the edge of bankruptcy. While the shutting down of the B.C.B. will not solve the industry’s problems it should help give broadcasters a more realistic chance to grow and establish their viability as strong and independent voices of the community.


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