No UHF signal in the Sister Islands

It will be at least two or three more months before residents in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will be able to receive CITN’s channel 27 television broadcasts on UHF signal, the station’s manager Mike Martin said on Monday.

That news came after Sister Islands MLA Lyndon Martin posed a Parliamentary Question to Minister of Technology Julianna O’Connor-Connolly in the Legislative Assembly on Monday asking if there were any provision in the Weststar Television licence to broadcast in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

‘Weststar TV Limited is committed by its licence to providing a cable television service, using analogue technology, throughout the Cayman Islands,’ Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly responded.

Asking a supplementary question, Lyndon Martin asked when Weststar would commence service in the Brac and Little Cayman.

After consulting with Information and Communication Technology Authority managing director Dave Archbold, Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly advised the House that Weststar had said as recently as last Friday that they were already offering cable service in the Sister Islands.

Mr. Martin said afterwards, however, that the service was not available. ‘I just left Cayman Brac at 9 am this morning and it wasn’t there,’ he said.

Weststar’s Mike Martin thought Lyndon Martin might have been confused with the UHF transmission of CITN, which is not available right now.

‘Our transmitter was damaged in the storm,’ he said. ‘As fast as we can, were going to replace it, but they have to be built to order, which takes six to eight weeks.’

As for Weststar’s cable service in the Sister Islands, Mike Martin said the service was up and running, as it has been for the past four years.

‘We have about 300 subscribers in the Sister Islands,’ he said, noting that 20 channels are available with the service.

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