ECCO CEO says closure of RSL ‘sad’

The CEO of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO), Steve Etienne, has said that  the government may have missed a chance to find creative ways to keep state-owned Radio Saint Lucia (RSL) in operation.

Etienne said the closure of the station is sad for a number of reasons.

“You don’t want any media house to go out of business, particularly one that has a very strong historical and development role that it has played over the years,” Etienne stated.

He noted that people turned to RSL to listen to local content, debate and educational programmes.

“It was the station for the people,” the ECCO official observed.

He noted that ECCO had a programme that was aired by RSL and as such had a personal relationship with the station.

However Etienne observed that that there are many more radio stations now operating locally which has created a more competitive environment, putting RSL at a disadvantage.

Nevertheless, he revealed that the revenue to ECCO has not been increasing despite the increase in the number of radio stations locally.

He explained  that the way advertising works is that there is a race to the bottom.

The ECCO official said  when a new radio station comes on air it wants to compete for advertising, so it offers a cheaper package.

According to him, the result is that the value of advertising goes down.

Etienne disclosed  that since ECCO charges a percentage of the revenue, its revenue goes down as well.

Etienne said ECCO prefers a ‘small handful’ of strong radio stations with large revenues so that the organisation’s percentages would be better.


  1. St Lucia dieing this is proof
    August 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Rsl was the best radio station for playing local music for years plus I know the older folks who away look forward to listening to the headline news every afternoon are disappointed as well

  2. Anonymous
    August 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Oh so sad, I won’t forget in the late 1970’s when my late grand uncle told me to put the radio on Castries for him (akay at time). It was surely RSL. The BEST

    will miss the morning show with Tony Paul end especially the MD.
    My Saturday mornings won’t be the same without Michael and crew, I can still hear the voices of our late Sean and Vaughn Noel , Striker with talking calypso, local music etc and all other programmes. What a BLOW

  3. Serious
    August 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Those characters and entities depend like to suck the blood out of government. Why couldn’t ecco or present and past staff of rsl have banded together to buy out rsl and keep it operating? I used to listen to rsl but never liked the idea that it was being used like a cash cow for some people and as a vehicle for political campaign by others. We are informed that the station was not even paying off nic contribution on behalf of it’s staff therefore they were unprotected in cases of sickness and hospitalization. If the ecco, staff of rsl and the union band together and they should they will be able to effectively address the issue of closure. Stop blaming others for the closure and be proactive.

  4. Curious
    August 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Sad maybe but sad is not prudence or good management. The government did what it had to do and stay away from emotions.
    Isn’t that what they were elected to do? To take the necessary if even bitter decisions.
    Isn’t that why the people removed Kenny? For bad management and governance?

    If you want to govern an operation based on friendship, emotions and sadness then prepare to fail.