BLP claims CBC operates as an arm of DLP

The state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has been accused of operating as if it were an arm of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

The charge comes from General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Dr Jerome Walcott, who said that the main Opposition party continues to be stonewalled whenever it requests airtime on the media entity funded by taxpayers.

As matter of fact, Walcott stated that even though the state broadcaster has announced that it was deep in debt, it has still managed to turn down paid advertising from the BLP.

“There were situations in the past where we offered to pay for ads and we were refused. In March we thought we were making progress, there was the request to have ads aired, there was discussion about having those ads aired, contracts were signed, the times and cost ads were arranged. The ads were supposed to be carried for three consecutive nights but they were only carried for one night and thereafter it was pulled. We wrote CBC and we were refunded part of the monies. A station which is over $100 million in debt and recently admitted that it could not pay outstanding increments, can return cheques,” he said yesterday at a news conference at the party’s Roebuck Street, The City headquarters to launch the BLP’s 79th annual conference.

With Opposition leader Mia Mottley down to address the conference scheduled for next weekend at Queen’s Park, the BLP is demanding that Mottley’s statement be carried live on CBC.

Walcott revealed that following the Democratic Labour Party’s conference in September, during which remarks by the party’s leader, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart were carried live by the state media, the BLP wrote General Manager Doug Hoyte requesting that Mottley be afforded equal treatment.

However, he said four weeks the station has yet to respond.

“I have made the request in writing by registered mail to the general manager of that station on September 15 and as I speak to you this morning some four-and-a-half weeks later, I am yet to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of that letter from the corporation. Apparently CBC, which is financed by the taxpayers of Barbados and should be operating in the interest of all Barbadians, seems to have a recurrent problem with the request of this country’s loyal Opposition party, while ostensibly operating as an arm of the DLP Government,” Walcott charged.

Both parties have been accused of turning CBC into their mouthpiece when in office.

31 Responses to BLP claims CBC operates as an arm of DLP

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler October 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    NO. CBC operates like the arm of whoever is in government

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy October 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      My take

    • Yvonne Sealy
      Yvonne Sealy October 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      He seems to be asleep too; hah

    • Ricardo Roberts
      Ricardo Roberts October 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Frank Fowler, go to the front of the class!

    • Ryan R A Charles
      Ryan R A Charles October 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      That is not true. Form the time the DLP got into power they had stopped showing anything the BLP was doing. Even the independence and Christmas messages that suppose to be viewed they stop showing the opposition’s side. So don’t go there

    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler October 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Ryan R A Charles You’re not old enough to remember Tom Adams and others

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 21, 2017 at 8:02 am

      He wants to forget what they did during their time. I tell you these people are wicked and have no shame.

  2. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith October 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Only the DLP

  3. David F. Cabral
    David F. Cabral October 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Promise to shut down this vacuum of tax payers monies and you got my vote.

  4. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill October 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Nobody watches it anyhow.

  5. straight talk October 21, 2017 at 12:30 am

    From 2008 till now CBC was operating really Nasty towards the opposition this is the worst I have ever seen under any government.

  6. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler October 21, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Stop the political lying, they all do it, just like they all promised to sell it if they were elected and neither has so far

  7. Nealiho Hope
    Nealiho Hope October 21, 2017 at 3:16 am

    its an arm of which ever government is in at the time…goodnight good day, good morning…..

  8. Carson C Cadogan October 21, 2017 at 6:57 am


    This coming from the Barbados Labour Party?

    When they were in power as they like to call it, the DLP could not get a word in edge wise on CBC.

  9. Saga Boy October 21, 2017 at 8:25 am

    @fRANK. I agree with you. How many of you remember back in 2008 when the DLP complained that the BLP booked all the advertising spots available at prime time viewing and laughed at them.

    Having said that however I support the closing of CBC. Let thwe BWU take it over like UCAL and run it.

  10. jrsmith October 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

    So does everything else, thats why nothing works in barbados ….

  11. Cavil Best October 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Almost all the employees at CBC are supporters and political pimps of the opposition, a rat infested environment.

  12. Helicopter(8P) October 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Vic coverdrived that paste and is clearly sailing with a digital digit.

  13. Lorenzo October 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Cavil Best where is the evidence to support your claim ?Surely not when I hear he DLP moderators on talk Ya Talk Ms holder,Mr Lovell and Mr Broomes with their clear bias towards the DLP.Of course they are not employees,but there are other known Dems up there in high positions.CBC belongs to the people of Barbados not The DLP.

  14. archy perch October 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Jerome has amnesia. The BLP have been the biggest dictators of CBC whenever they had the government. Read Olu Walrond’s book…Westminister something..
    Ask Jerome what is the position with Maria Agard an elected BLP MP, who was booted out by Mia.
    He had said Maria would be reinstated and he stood behind her then.
    Now -like a WEATHER COCK – old George boy turns with the wind (fart). All principle gone through the door, the window and every crack. He frighten for the big bully. SMH.
    Of men, or mice!

  15. luther thorne October 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Errol Barrow described his DLP as very tribalistic. The DLP practises Tribalism and that is why you heard reference to the Fatted Calf when they won elections in 2008. The resulting effect of DLP Tribalism is Political Polarization. In addition to destroying the economy , the roads, garbage collecting and the Transport board(not one Bus bought) , the DLP has destroyed any semblance of unity Balance and magnanimity by their nasty actions wrought by Political polarization and patronage. DLP spokespersons including its leader never address the nation on TV or Radio on any consistent basis if at all. They speak to party faithfuls only. This is done @ Branch meetings and DLP lunchtime Friday Lectures. The PM seems not to have accepted that he is Prime Minister of Barbados – the whole of Barbados and not just DLP Yard ducks, syncophants and apologists. DLP. They have perfected the art of blaming the other. It is no wonder then that the country is suffering. Their narrow focus precludes them from thinking in a broader scope that would include persons other than friends and associates. What this does is limit the pool of creative solutions and ideas to a select and limited pool of persons. As a result the country struggles whenever after 1966 the DLP wins an election. This philosophy plagues the DLP and it is up to the electorate to purge Barbados of this scourge. After the DLP lost in 1994 , they should not have been returned to Office under 30 years. This would have purged them of their nastiness. Barbados will continue to struggle with them in Office but those benefitting from the largesse would not agree with me and those who like in a football game want to see the Club they support, win the Chapionship would definitely disagree. But this is not a Football game- this is people’s lives. I do not know if the BLP under Mia Mottley would be any different but I feel so and I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. She deserves a chance.

    We will continue to struggle with the DLP because of their narrow focus and tribalistic approach that seeks only to polarize Barbados. That is why anyone who questions the GOVT is labeled as an enemy of the state and such folly. The attitude is clearly reflected by the Moderators on the Talk Yuh Talk CBC show. No one has to ask which side they support. The bias is self evident and is brought out clearly by one moreso than the others. We all know who that one is. The bias , polarization and politics of non-
    Inclusion is demonstrated everytime this Moderator is on. This country will not be any better off if the DLP and this nonsense continues.One of the many strengths of Owen Seymour Arthur was that he listened out for good ideas and sought to impliment any good idea whoever it came from. Not so with the DLP and this Country suffers as a result.


    • Carson C Cadogan October 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      All sound and fury signifying nothing.

  16. Carson C Cadogan October 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    CBC is infested with BLP operatives up to this day.

    So I don’t know what he is talking about. On the CBC tv evening news all the news readers wear Barbados Labour Party RED in some form or fashion.

    • hcalndre October 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      @Carson C Cadogan; of the 3 hosts on the talk show, which one of them spew any BLP support? It`s true all the employees can`t be DLP supporters but they don`t have the bully pulpit to speak and maybe at the job they have to keep quiet so that they can keep the lil work. Only in barbados this kind of skulduggery goes on without any place to go and have your case heard.

  17. Balfast October 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    So KFC, and the red-striped RBPF area big supporters of the BLP?

  18. Mark My Word October 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    What about 1976-1986 under Tom Adams and thee 15 years under Owen Arthur
    Dr Jerome Walcott your are a realist, but you like you going Senile or your blood sugar levels too high

    After throwing Ryan under the bus and your lame duck explanation now this attempt at sarcasm

    Both parties use CBC as their mouthpiece when in office.

  19. luther thorne October 22, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Want to hear UPP on these issues.

  20. Tony Webster October 22, 2017 at 6:59 am

    @Dave Cabral: go to the front of the class, Sir….and stay there!!

  21. borola October 22, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    No government should own or fund or support any news media, not TV chanels, not radio stations, not newspapers or any other form of supposedly free and independant news sources. Every country needs independent and free investigative journalism with no repercussions for bad news unless it is libel as defined in law. The CBC is hardly watched anyway.

  22. Greengiant October 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Why all this noise about the CBC? The moderators are not employees, they’re contractors of the corporation and yes most of the current employees at the CBC were employed under the B L P administration.

    I can recall the late David Thompson complaining about the treatment of the the D L P opposition by the C B C on the instructions of a certain then leader. So I figure for the first time ever in their history this D L P administration is playing it hard, mean and dirty like their political rival.

    I will keep reminding you all that these two parties have serious similarities. Many too serious to ignore, it’s time to let these two battle it out for the opposition benches. Then and only then will they reexamine their ideology, and engage candidates who can take us into the twenty first century. None of these two leading parties are cutting it. They are void of real developmental capicity.

  23. hcalndre October 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    From the outside looking listening in, CBC call-in program is a waste of time. The calls one host get is all sympathy calls, another one claims that he is mad so he is not taken seriously and his diction is very bad, he must realize that this is not 50 years ago and the station is heard world wide and he is not speaking to barbados only. The other person has to stoop to the level of the callers because I know he knows better. Only this morning speaking about public toilets, can you imagine it was recommended that keys be handed out to persons wanting to use the facility and the person who gives out is to monitor who uses the toilets so that they can identify that person in case the toilet gets soiled, is that person going to be brought back to clean it? the smart caller wants a camera installed so he would become a peeping tom, would he have it in the ladies toilet too.


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