Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Cayman 27 is closing its doors

The Cayman Islands’ only Free-to-Air (FTA) independent television station will broadcast its last show this week.

For the past 27 years, Cayman 27 has provided the Cayman Islands with entertainment, sports, talk shows and the famous Cayman 27 News at 6 pm.

The television station had been financially struggling, first under WestStar TV Ltd., then Logic Communications Ltd., and finally under the ownership of Hurley’s TV Ltd., from 2015.

“I acquired Cayman 27 because, as a Caymanian, it was important to keep the country’s only FTA independent television station in local hands and to continue providing invaluable service to the public,” said Hurley’s TV Ltd Managing Director Randy Merren. “In my discussions with the regulator prior to the acquisition, I made it clear that there were serious financial concerns and I was under the impression that there would be the creation of a ‘must carry’ fee where each subscription TV licensed operator would pay to carry Cayman 27, so they could fulfill their own licence obligations that required each to provide local content. The ‘must carry’ fee or Universal Service Fund never came to pass.”

On Cayman 27’s facebook page, followers commented “Very sorry to hear this” and “So very sad to hear this. A great loss to our community! Their news and coverage of community events will be sorely missed” among many other messages of regret surrounding the news.

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