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Letter: Lack of Caymanian programmes on local TV stations

Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

It is very disappointing and depressing to view our so-called local ‘Cayman’ TV stations (Cayman 27 and Island 24) and see more Canadian rather than Caymanian programming. It seems like our Caymanian and Caribbean culture and heritage are forgotten and denigrated by these overseas programs.

This is most evident in the choice of sports shown on these local ‘Caymanian’ stations, where there is a proliferation of ice hockey NHL games that have no connection and relevance to our local sporting culture. Our local Caymanian youths are playing football, basketball, cricket, volleyball among other tropical sports, not winter ice hockey.

Why is the basketball NBA playoff not being shown to Caymanians, many of whom regularly play the sport? Who is deciding what programmes our young athletes should watch or not? Do they have the best interest of Caymanians at heart?

Even more insulting is the fact that the cricket T20 World Cup currently being played in the Caribbean is not being carried by any of our so-called local TV stations. It is a travesty that our local youths will not be given a chance to observe and emulate their heroes. I am sure if it is a matter of cost, sponsorship can be had from the many interested local business and organisations.

Let’s concentrate on nurturing the future of our local young people and provide them with more local Caymanian and Caribbean culture and sports to inspire them, and not this irrelevant expatriate Canadian sports and culture.

Justin Bodden,
Bodden Town
Reads : 835


A. Colin Panton:
I entirely agree with Mr Bodden.

Susan Ebanks:
Totally agree with Mr Bodden's comments on this topic. What I would like the TV station to explain to its customers is; how much longer we are going to have to put up with the loud, annoying music that plays during the commercial breaks on Channel 15 (Headline News) and the Spanish that is being shoved down our throats on Channel 44 (Tru TV)? Is this what we are paying for? Hello? The last time I checked we speak English here, and when we want to hear music, we can always switch to the music channels, so can someone please look into this and give us a break with what is happening on these two channels. Thank you!


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