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.”