Government considers “another entity” after RSL closure

The Information and Broadcasting Minister, Dominic Fedee says all options are being left on the table as the government considers the way forward for public broadcasting in St Lucia.

Mr. Fedee made the disclosure Monday during the weekly pre-cabinet press briefing.

He spoke against the background of plans by the government to shut down state-owned Radio St Lucia (RSL 97) after more than four decades.

The Minister said the government was undertaking a comprehensive review of public broadcasting on the island.

“We may look at the opening of another entity but what we’re doing is to ensure that we have a complete revision of the public broadcasting space,” Fedee said.

Minister Fedee says the number of private media houses in St Lucia have grown at a faster pace than the local economy making the media market very competitive.

Advertising revenue, he said, has dwindled and affected the capacity of media houses to deliver on certain programs

He believes that public broadcasting must play a more of an enlightening role in its programming instead of trying to compete with private media.

“It needs to go further to tell the story,” he said. “It needs to be more educational. It needs to be more informative so that it better complements the private media and you have a more complete media environment.”

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    RSL is a dead horse please don’t create another entity. We have over 20 radios stations now.

    1. Anonymous
      May 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      But can these privately owned radio stations be compelled to do national service? Can you force them to remain on air during a hurricane or other natural disasters?

  2. 666
    May 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t like that guy with a Guyanese mentality!

  3. Calvin
    May 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Public radio will remain a necessity in its mandated offering of St. Lucia-specific news, programming and emergency broadcast capability that commercial radio simply does not offer.
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    Appended below are some interesting perspectives on the role of public radio:
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    https://www.government.nl/topics/the-media-and-broadcasting/contents/the-role-of-public-broadcasters
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    http://theconversation.com/public-broadcasters-play-a-major-cultural-role-beyond-the-market-26033
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    https://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/a-new-role-for-public-broadcasting
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    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001240/124058eo.pdf
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    http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/_files/cbcrc/documents/parliamentary/2007/mandate.pdf
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    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/153689-public-broadcasting-is-a-vital-public-service-
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    http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Public_Broadcasting_Service
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    https://cmds.ceu.edu/article/2017-03-08/public-broadcasting-india-successes-failures-and-challenges
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    It is up to each and every one of us to directly engage our elected officials and provide our input to the dialogue and decisions taken. As voters, each has a voice and each has their unique value to add in the future of public broadcasting.
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    Opportunities as follows:
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    — Office of the Prime Minister: (758) 468-2166

    — PM’s Secretary: (758) 453-7352

    — Cabinet Secretary: (758) 468-2115

    — Press Room: (758) 468-2405

    — E-mail: [email protected]

    — Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/opmsaintlucia/
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    Get Involved. Ask More. Be Heard.

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