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TV regulator denies blame for sunset on Daybreak

The Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) says it should not shoulder blame for morning programme Daybreak being pulled off the air.

Last week, Hurley’s Media Managing Director Randy Merren cited the regulator’s failure to establish Cayman 27, Cayman’s only free-to-air TV station, as a “must-carry” on all local cable providers’ networks as one of the reasons for the cancellation.

OfReg ITC Executive Director Alee Fa’amoe calls the issue a commercial one, not a regulatory matter.

In a statement he says “While fully respecting the local content license obligation, service providers must be able to enter into mutually beneficial commercial agreements for that content and be able to assemble and price their services and compete for customers.”

Cayman 27’s original owner Colin Wilson discusses what this stance means for the future of local television.

About the author

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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