Fedee: RSL situation ‘unfortunate’

Fedee: RSL situation ‘unfortunate’

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.

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 11, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Excuse my ignorance but what is the difference between RSL and NTN apart from the obvious……one is on TV and one radio? Radio is passe’ get rid of RSL (private stations were doing a better job at informing anyway) and have NTN take over the facilities? Isn’t the building and equipment already owned by the tax payer?

  2. Anonymous
    May 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Years of severe political interference by successive administrations has left Radio Saint Lucia in a sorry state. Now the politicians plan to close down an entity that was exploited for political gains and the dedicated RSL staff are left holding the sac.

  3. Anonymous
    May 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

    I am Fed up with fading

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