TVJ Slaps KC with 2yr Ban!


Another row is brewing between Kingston College and Television Jamaica, TVJ, over the station’s longest running programme Schools’ Challenge Quiz.

TVJ has banned KC from the popular School Challenge Quiz competition.

Nationwide News understands that TVJ informed KC this week that the school has been banned for bringing the competition into disrepute last year.

KC has 7 days to appeal the two year ban.

In a letter to KC’s Principal, Dave Myrie, TVJ’s General Manager, Claire Grant, cited an outburst from one of the school’s quiz coaches as the reason for the ban.

Coach Kenyatta Powell accused TVJ on social media of unjustly ending KC’s run in the competition during a hotly contested match with Campion College.

The dispute drew the attention of Jamaica’s former Ambassador to Washington and KC Old Boy, Stephen Vasciannie, who insisted that justice should prevail and the the match be awarded to KC.

Vasciannie told Grant that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion, is unfair and unjust.

He warned the TVJ General Manager that the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk.

Former Jamaica Bar Association President and KC Old Boy, Ian Wilkinson, also expressed similar concerns.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

6 thoughts on “TVJ Slaps KC with 2yr Ban!

  1. yaz

    I had a dream. In that dream I saw a headline: ‘”Kingston College bans TVJ”. Fortis Forever!

  2. Koole

    Words for Camperdown and KC, do not fight fire with fire. Instead be creative, approach another TV station , Say CVM and get interest innovative , smart, forward looking innovators to come up with a competition that is modern, and add value to the schools. The death of SCQ will be rapid and painful.

  3. seretse the great

    This is not just unfair…this is evil. Long standing year to year champions like KC treated like this because of a coaches protest? Smacks of a red face due to the coach being right on the money. Cowardly TVJ …very cowardly.

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