media proposes own council

Posted: May 27, 2010 in Bermuda, media, Uncategorized

The island’s media, stung into action by Government’s controversial proposed Media Council bill and admitting they “dropped the ball” have put forward their own plan for a self-regulated body to be in place by September.

Signed by Thaao Dill, Inter-Island Communications; Chris Lodge, DeFontes Broadcasting Co.; Rick Richardson, Bermuda Broadcasting Co.; Tony McWilliam, Bermuda Sun; and Bill Zuill, Royal Gazette, the statement reads:

[Today] We submitted a written pledge to have the self-regulated council up and running by September 14, 2010.

We also made a commitment to jointly sign and adopt a Code of Practice by June 8, 2010.

Full statement here on Bernews. No word yet on a Government response.

UPDATE: Government has said it will scrap the bill if the media fulfills its promise to set up its own body.

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