Parliament Channel wins local content award
The Parliament Channel has taken home the inaugural Telecommunications Broadcasting Industry (TBI) Award for Local Content.
The award was presented at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s (TBI) Awards and Employee Long Service Awards and Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday, to mark the Authority’s 15th Anniversary.
The award was open to broadcasters offering a channel or station that currently broadcasts local content.
In making their deliberations, the judges looked at how this helped increase the amount of local content across genres in a variety of programmes, transform the national media-scape and promote the local creative industry.
According to the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, the Parliament Channel began broadcasting in 2006 and has since amassed over 450 locally-produced programmes, which are broadcast 24/7.
The channel also broadcasts live sittings of the House of Representatives, the Senate and Committee meetings, and is also available on demand on ParlView, the Parliament’s YouTube channel.
The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago is also the only Parliament in the region that owns and operates a television station.
This is not the first award for the Parliament Channel, as it has previously won three awards at the Caribbean Broadcasting Awards in 2016.
The Parliament Channel copped the Best Television Documentary for The West Indies at War which looks at the contribution of Caribbean soldiers in World War I to the push for independence.
It also took home the award for Responsible Coverage of Children’s Issues for I Count, which explains how young people can become involved in the voting process.
A year later, it won the award for Best Television Documentary for The Vote at 70 which marked 70 years since the introduction of Universal Adult Suffrage in 1946.