Tropical Vision Limited

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Channel 7 (Tropical Vision Limited)
Channel 7 Belize.jpg
Belize City, Belize
Branding"Channel 7"
SloganNews Comes First (news)
The Nation's Station (general)
Channels Analog: 7 (VHF)
Affiliations CBS, NBC, BBC World News, CNN, ESPN, NGC
OwnerTropical Vision Limited
Founded1981

Tropical Vision Limited, or as it is locally known, Channel 7, is a Belize City based television station operating since 1981.

Belize City Largest city in Belize

Belize City is the largest city in Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras. According to the 2010 census, Belize City has a population of 57,169 people in 16,162 households. It is at the mouth of the Haulover Creek, which is a tributary of the Belize River. The Belize River empties into the Caribbean Sea five miles from Belize City on the Philip Goldson Highway on the coast of the Caribbean. The city is the country's principal port and its financial and industrial hub. Cruise ships drop anchor outside the port and are tendered by local citizens. The city was almost entirely destroyed in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie swept ashore on October 31. It was the capital of British Honduras until the government was moved to the new capital of Belmopan in 1970.

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Its Managing Director is Nestor Vasquez.

Programming

Channel 7 airs a mix of American and Belizean programmes.

7 News

Prior to 1994, Channel 7 got its news from local radio powerhouse Radio Belize. Beginning on February 14, 1994, 7 News began producing its own newscast, running opposite Great Belize Television's News 5 Live at 6:30 PM Central. There are no regular weekend newscasts other than Friday repeats; 7 News has aired two one-time only Saturday evening newscasts, the latest coming in April 2005 in the midst of the protests in Belize.

The Broadcasting Corporation of Belize, otherwise known as Radio Belize, was a radio station in Belize that shut down in November 1998. Until the 1980s it was Belize's only radio station.

Great Belize Television

Great Belize Television, or as it is locally known, Channel 5, is a Belize City-based local television station established in December 1991. Channel 5 airs mostly American and Caribbean programs, as well as a variety of locally produced programs. It is a subsidiary of Great Belize Productions, a local production company established in 1982.

2005 Belize unrest

The 2005 protests in Belize are two separate but related incidents of civil unrest in the Central American nation, occurring in January and April.

Criticism

Channel 7 is usually more critical of Government foibles than rival Channel 5, and Government officials have pointedly criticized 7 for its hard-hitting analysis of national issues.

Employees of Channel 7

Jules Vasquez is a Belizean journalist and media executive. He is the current News Director and Chief Editor at Tropical Vision Limited, known locally as Channel 7 News, the longest operating broadcaster in Belize. He has developed a reputation in Belize because "his comments strike a chord and his questions leave burning marks when fired."

Trivia

In the late 1990s, poet Leroy "Grandmaster" Young got his start on Channel 7 reciting poems at the end of the newscast. Other former employees of Seven include Rodel Beltran Perera, Dennis Peyrefitte, Carla Ayres, Dawn Sampson, Deadra Isaacs (now Haylock), Alfonso and Fortunato Noble and Jim McFadzean and Jacqueline Woods

Leroy Young,, otherwise known as "The Grandmaster", is a Belizean dub poet.

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