Fate of RSL to be decided soon?

The fate of state-owned Radio Saint Lucia (RSL), could be decided soon with the privatization of the station or its closure not being ruled out as possible options.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Dominic Fedee, told the Times that RSL is in much financial distress with over a million dollars in outstanding payments.

Fedee, a former Journalist, said he was awaiting a report from the board of the state owned radio station.

He disclosed that the report will help inform the way forward.

“We have to be open about everything, especially when one looks at the fiscal circumstances that we have actually inherited,” the minister explained.

Fedee said ‘deep consideration’must be given to the employees of the station, especially those who have been working there for a long time.

“RSL, it would appear with preliminary evaluation, is perhaps a bit overstaffed and we also have to look at that,” he asserted.

Fedee believes that the radio station has an ‘enormous’ responsibility to enlighten the nation.

“When I look at the Saint Lucian story now and the media space, I think that our story is told in a snippet and the media are dominated by sound bites,” he said.

Fedee spoke of the need to see how public broadcasting can  complement the private media rather than attempting to compete with them .

He said there was need to  fill the void to create an enlarged media space and a more interesting media sector, resulting in a more enlightened society.

Asked whether closing the radio station is an option, the minister said:

“Everything is on the table.”

He  said until the report from the RSL board is received, he did not want to say anything that would prejudice any decision that will have to be made.

Fedee said the report is expected any time now.

“Actually it is rather imminent,” he explained.

 

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Sylvian
    January 20, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Maybe they should look at management and how the organization is ran.

  2. Sad-But-True
    January 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Evil Chastanet is doing wonderful work. You are destroying and the very same inferior UWP supporters who were twerking all through your campaign.
    Nice!!!

    1. Anonymous
      January 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Who is this fool ?can’t u see ure irritating can u read and write properly if u can and want to post comments try posting something else not the same for each and every post.or just shut up

      1. Anonymous
        January 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm

        Hahahaha. Lucia have alot of comedians. We should create a comedy show. lucian @ large

    2. The Crow
      January 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Hahahaha! Keep ’em coming Sad-But-True! Love it and I do love the reactions too.

  3. 666
    January 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    You cannot close RSL, every democracy has state-owned media…restructure but don’t close.

  4. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    The same program that was generating all the money the pm stopped it. Fedee I’m waiting for u to come near my home and eat just like u did during the last election. U have totally disappointed me and u no what I’m talking about. I used to see u so often the past nine months. Now I’m calling ur phone and u are not even answering. Furthermore the road to morne dor is in such a deplorable state the same bus drivers that were saying yo pe now thinking of going on strike. Please don’t come home again I’m warning u. My mother’s food gave u strength so u can pick up the phone to answer the poor ladys call. You no where u used to eat prior to the election so u no who talking there. Please don’t come home again

    1. DA
      January 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      St. Lucians have kicks!!!

    2. You are not alone
      January 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Sometimes change is difficult to adjust to. I also have been calling and getting no reply. I have grown to understand to view things not only from my perspective but from the other party. With huge responsibility comes sacrifice. Sadly I have come to appreciate that not the easiest for me to but to extend love unconditionally and embrace change giving each the benefit of the doubt. IT TAKES GREAT SACRIFICE so lets all find it in our hearts ans minds to UNDERSTAND with love I too would like my calls answeres but will understand amd continue trying… God bless

    3. Anonymous
      January 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Well he had time on his hands then. But now its time to work.

      1. Anonymous
        January 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm

        I am in total agreement wish lucians would lend to understand such… i totally agree with You are not alone’s comments

    4. Anonymous
      January 21, 2017 at 3:11 am

      which program was raking in money smh we just repeat what we hear people say. that same statement was said by a political hark on a talk show now you repeating it without thinking .
      that station has been loosing money for years it has been stuck in the old ways of doing things take a look at the modern stations around and see how they operate see how they do things, rsl cant compare for sure rsl is over staffed you walk in there and see how people are there doing nothing
      with their old ways they have to compete with the modern stations for a piece of the pie which is a small one
      The show you speak about had a hark as its anchor ( i will give that to him a brilliant man) who before the elections did stupid things in the name of a party
      I remember clearly he had the Dominican Prime minister making comments about the elections even to go so far as saying if he was runing for elections in St lucia he would run the Micoud south seat
      them he had the famous labour party Lawyer making similar comments on the pending elections that was the talk around town
      how stupid he could be
      he went as far as making appearances on a talk show on choise criticizing the policies of his employers
      would you tolerate such if you were his boss
      ps SAD BUT TRUE you such an idiot i wonder why people take you on
      you will be saying the same thing for the next 15 years mark my words

  5. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Maybe he wants to open a jamacain radio station uncle butch has the power

  6. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Do not let the jamaica run our country or else we finish

  7. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Just so. You all sic if the african have buineds in st lucia we done st lucian have to stanfd have to stand for their right dont be afraid of them we use to love oneanother what hapen with all tose problem now

  8. Febert
    January 21, 2017 at 8:51 am

    A Guyanese making the decision whether to keep a state owned station? Wow

  9. Sam
    January 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Let’s start from the beginning. In the 1950 radio st.Lucia informed the public. It’s all people had. Even the bbc world service news was broad casts.

    Now fast forward to 2017. We now have.
    8 more radio stations
    Social media
    3 televise stations
    News on line
    20 to 120 tv stations
    Access to every news paper in the world via the net.

    So wether the staff are doing a good job or not doesn’t matter. It’s just a sign of the times. Eg. printed magazine are soon no longer goin to be printed
    Plus everyone in St
    Lucia to be taxed less so…. let’s stop subsidizing. The wave. Hot. Blazing. Have the listeners that reman

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