NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE STV/CABLE APPLICANTS
Please be advised that there is a cable re-zoning project which is underway. This re-zoning exercise could have far-reaching implications for licences, costs and regulatory obligations in the future. Prospective applicants are therefore advised to contact our offices for additional information, prior to submitting an application.
With immediate effect, there is a temporary hold on the granting of licences for island-wide radio broadcast services. Until further notice, the Commission will not be accepting applications for those services. Additionally, kindly note that there is currently no call for applications to operate free-to-air television services.
For services that require the use of the spectrum, applicants must first ascertain the availability of spectrum from the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) http://www.sma.gov.jm/. After you have received approval from SMA and have been assigned the necessary spectrum, you may apply to the Commission.
One of the Broadcasting Commission's main functions is to recommend to the Minister of Information which applicants should receive licences to operate broadcast radio and television and subscriber television services. It also recommends the terms and conditions under which those licences should be granted and renewed.
Applicants for licences are expected to meet certain programming, technical and financial standards and be able to provide a satisfactory level of customer service. Once the Commission is satisfied that an applicant can adequately staff and operate the service according to the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations, a recommendation is made to the Minister of information who then decides whether a licence should be granted.
Applying for an STV Licence
Guidelines for Applicants for STV Licences
Stages in the application process
STV Operators and Zones Served
Application for variation of a Subscriber Television Licence
Application for attachment to Utility Poles
Application for STV Wireless Form B2
STV Application Technical Evaluation Checklist
Applying for a Broadcasting Licence
Requirements for Operating a Low Power Radio Station
Applications for Renewal of Licence
|Licence (All Categories)||J$110,000|
|Grant of Licence|
|Non-Commercial Broadcasting /Special||US$3,500|
|Subscriber Television (STV) service||Calculation based on formula|
|Variation of STV service||Calculation based on formula|
|Renewal of Licence||J$150,000|
|Annual Licence Fee|
|Non-Commercial Broadcasting / Special||US$2,500|
|Subscriber Television (STV) service||5% of gross subscription fees payable|