Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Dominic Fedee, has described the imminent closure of state-owned Radio Saint Lucia (RSL) as unfortunate.
Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet on Tuesday night announced plans to close the loss-making station which he disclosed had accumulated losses of $3.4 million as of March 31, 2015.
Chastanet also cited a changing media and communications landscape.
“The next step is to continue to engage the staff to talk about their future. This is a rather unfortunate situation and so we have now got to deal with the human side,” Fedee, a former RSL employee said.
The former television and radio journalist said he did not want to say much until he has completed his engagements with RSL employees, at which time he will make a more definitive and comprehensive statement on the station.
“I am sure the staff can be absorbed into other policy measures that the government is seeking to effect,” Fedee told reporters.
He mentioned by way of example that the government is thinking of a recording studio and a film studio at the current RSL location.
“We are looking at a production house, but all of this – like I said, we will have more definitive conversations after I would have completed my engagements with the staff,” the minister explained.