CBC put on notice

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott has struck an ominous note on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), suggesting the BLP will change CBC’s status once it wins the next general election.

Walcott warned the country’s lone licensed television station things were about to change at the state-owned media house after he accused it of refusing to broadcast BLP events, even when the Opposition party offered to pay.

In his report to the party’s 79th Annual Conference over the weekend at Queen’s Park, The City, Walcott said: “The longest day must come to an end and eventually the people of Barbados will determine the fate and future of the CBC.”

Walcott implied things will be different at the TV and radio stations, which he said were managed by Government political appointees.

The BLP general secretary’s complaints against CBC are not new as the Opposition has accused CBC of politically partisan coverage for years. In its 2013 elections manifesto, the BLP announced a plan to open free television broadcasting to competition.

“We will urgently and immediately issue additional television licences to ensure that our citizens are given choice with respect to their access to news, information and entertainment on free to air television,” the BLP’s 2013 manifesto stated.

The Opposition also complained, “agencies of state, not least the CBC and constituency councils have been used for tribal, partisan purposes. The finances of the state have been heavily used to support the partisan political programme of the ruling party”.

As another general election looms, Walcott charged: “Apparently CBC, a Barbadian station, financed by the tax payers of Barbados, which should be operating for all Barbadians seems to have a recurrent problem with the requests of this country’s main Opposition party the Barbados Labour Party.”

Walcott went on to cite recent instances of CBC’s refusal of paid BLP advertising, including a request for live broadcast and then delayed broadcast of the Opposition leader, Mia Mottley’s address last Saturday.

Walcott said his party sought similar coverage given Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during his address as president of the Democratic Labour Party in September when CBC not only carried the address live, but also rebroadcast it.

Having received no response from the corporation, he reported that the BLP wrote the director of broadcasting services on Thursday requesting a paid delayed broadcast of Mottley’s address on Sunday.

“We were now seeking to purchase air time, not for a live broadcast but for the re-broadcasting of our political leader’s speech and indicated that a cheque for the amount quoted to us by CBC would be dispatched as soon as approval had been obtained for this re-broadcast,” Walcott told party faithful.

Walcott said CBC General Manager Doug Hoyte, responded the same day explaining, “CBC cannot accede to your request as this could be construed as a ‘paid political broadcast’ seeing as it falls outside the national election period”.

“So what was it in September when CBC broadcast the president of the Democratic Labour Party live and repeated it ad nauseam?” Walcott asked party members and supporters.

“Some of the senior management of the CBC see the operations of CBC as the public relations arm of the Democratic Labour Party as their role and function,” Walcott charged.

Contending that some members of CBC’s senior management “cannot deny their connection to the Democratic Labour Party”, he said, “one was a [DLP political] candidate. One has chaired a public meeting for the DLP. And one holds dear his friendship from school days with the late prime minister David Thompson”.

Walcott also identified DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim as a CBC board member and said, “it is therefore no surprise how CBC is being crudely manipulated for political purposes”.

78 Responses to CBC put on notice

  1. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch October 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Cannot wait to get rid of this Government

  2. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald October 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Preach it get dem out

  3. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch October 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    The General Manager at CBC..Is a joker, hope that he would be looking for a job soon.

  4. John Everatt October 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    The CBC has been an albatross around the neck of this country for years. When BLP was in power it was used by the BLP and now the DLP is using it. Sell it for what you can if you can and get this expense off the taxpayers backs.

  5. Seth St John
    Seth St John October 31, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Well to be fair, the bees had ample time under owen, but cbc benifted them. However it has never benefited the taxpayer of Barbados to have a news company that is controlled by the leading political party. A shame that in 2017 we are still stuck in the 1990’s.

  6. Ricardo Roberts
    Ricardo Roberts October 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Ezra Hinds…..somehow i feel this is just political rhetoric!

  7. luther thorne October 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    The General Manager and that Moderator at CBC are not acting in the interest. What they are doing is a disservice to the Country BARBADOS. Barbados does not belong to the DLP
    What they are doing is sowing seeds of discord and polarization that can have dire consequences for the country and with all the guns and ammunition available , a situation similar to the Jamaica situation can developed. Shame on CBC

  8. luther thorne October 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Seth St. John
    I hate those asinine comments
    How Bajans get so stupid. So Arthur and the BLP were sitting around doing ? That is hogwash talk.

  9. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 31, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    See Bee Who?

  10. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 31, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    As long a certain moderator is not kept on I good

    • Michael Parris
      Michael Parris November 1, 2017 at 7:59 am

      So you want someone to loose their job because you don’t like them?

    • Pullhead Davis
      Pullhead Davis November 1, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Because listenship is falling off and they opinion counts only

  11. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Who remember David Thompson being shown on the lunchtime lectures on Fridays now dlp refusing opposition time on air I waiting to see if u.p.p gets time

  12. Nickk Moore
    Nickk Moore October 31, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t understand some y’all people-honestly…when the Blp was in power they did the same thing…and now the Dems doing it everybody vex. Really have short memory. Show the difference between the two parties…..stupse

    • MARIA Holder November 1, 2017 at 5:52 am

      That’s not true. The DLP was allowed air time under the BLP – think back, They were

    • Randolph November 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

      A lie Nikk.Give instances when the BLP did the same thing.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

      There is really none both of them useless as hell.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith November 1, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Rawle, correct is right.

    • Deborah King
      Deborah King November 1, 2017 at 11:10 am

      go to sleep fool.You certainly know how to defend those vultures.People like yourself just like typing crap all day long.I hate DEM and I can’t wait to see the backs of of DEM crooks.

  13. Joy Wharton
    Joy Wharton October 31, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    They all crooked! Will not make any damn difference who is in power. Continue to pilfer money from the country to benefit themselves !

  14. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath October 31, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Always fussing.

  15. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea October 31, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    CBC refused money and them in so much debt..smh #DLPmustGO

  16. Loretta Griffith November 1, 2017 at 12:13 am

    As I have said before and will continue to say this country is replete with hypocri
    Were the Bees in office would they have given that opportunity to the Dees? Mind you I am not saying that the Dees or the Bees right to do this tick for tack.
    I honestly feel that the same old practices should not continue. This is a different and more enlightened age and both parties thinking should be more progressive. For example, I do not feel a BLP government when in office should only do things for the constituencies that are held by them. I also feel when the DLP is in office they too should not look after only those constituencies which they hold. We are all taxpayers and the National cake should be divided amongst all the constituencies.
    I am all for equity in government whether it be B, D or C and we should demand this from those who seek to represent us. We need mature thinking. It should not be business as usual.
    I am praying that whoever wins the next election revolutionizes this country positively. STOP THE DIVISIONS. BARBADOS belong to ALL OF US.
    My feeling right now is that we should be told the truth and not the feel good mentality, where there is false hope.

  17. Saga Boy November 1, 2017 at 12:20 am

    It is always interesting to see how politicians succeed in dividing and ruling people like those of you on this thread while all of them eat, drink and laugh at lunch time at Parliament and public functions. And stand as God father and mother for each other’s children. They get you to hate the GM of CBC and say nasty things about other politicians just to get votes. Even Jerorme don’t seem to understand that CBC does not get money from government and he seems to have forgotten what the DLP did to David Thompson in 2008.

  18. Greengiant November 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    C B C has been used as a political football for years by both parties. The B L P has done the same thing while in office, and they had one man called Murray who served as chairman, board member, and General manager on varying occasions. So what is Walcott really complaining about?

  19. hcalndre November 1, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Some years ago I had the opportunity to listen to CBC and right there and then I realized that there was something strange going on at a public funded entity, the people could only hear one side so I spoke about it with someone and was told the same things were done by a past BLP leader. Then I would hear that VOB does the same so I let the person know that VOB could support Ninja man if they care because it`s not funded by the taxpayers. There was a lady by the name of Miss. Africa who used to called the CBC talk and never was respected until one time I heard her said, “Maureen, I`m not calling home at you, ya know, I`m calling CBC.” I almost fell out of my chair. The people of Barbados should picket that station until everyone is given equal time, the station is not owned by the B., D, N,. not the hosts, its the peoples`.

  20. Ezra Hinds
    Ezra Hinds November 1, 2017 at 4:14 am


  21. Len White
    Len White November 1, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Historically, CBC has been used as the mouthpiece of whichever party is in power.
    It’s time for the public of Barbados to have a television station unfettered by the constraints of and not subject to the whims of these two political parties. Barbados deserves better.

  22. archy perch November 1, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Hot air! He was a total failure as Health Minister, Total failure.
    It took Donville Inniss to show Jerome – the surgeon – how to get things done.
    CBC has always been full of Bees Jerome. Jewel Forde; Bernard Payne to name a few.
    The BLP will do nothing, because the BLP will NOT win the government.
    We in Barbados need a strong opposition.

    • Randolph November 1, 2017 at 7:25 am

      You are perched so high in the tree you cannot see the ground

      • harry turnover November 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

        Ya mean he jump from the Paling to a tree now ? ah wonder who chasing he.
        The DLP was NEVER REFUSED AIR TIME when in opposition.As a matter of fact from the Tom Adams days,he would give them all the time they want….to dig their own graves.

  23. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite November 1, 2017 at 5:19 am

    CBC need revamping for sure, every night the news has about 1/2 hour of DLP news, every damn night.

  24. Brian Hurley
    Brian Hurley November 1, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Shut it down.

  25. MARIA Holder November 1, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Politics or politricks, the General Manager and his cohorts need to go. He is ineffective and his cohorts are vindictive and manipulative

  26. Tony Webster November 1, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Noted and THANK YOU, Dr. Walcott. A LONG TIME COMING!

    A lot of fat up de hill need trimming off. G.I.S. should also cud be slimmed down/ closed, instead giving an opportunity to to a cupple bright young contracted folks, who cud provide some savvy, and meaningful public-service ads/articles, to replace the than the current “output” which resembles c.1970’s Print-media notices.
    Dinosaurs roam this fair land , when we should be encouraging our bright young people to advance.

  27. Colleen Alleyne
    Colleen Alleyne November 1, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Y wunna didn’t change it when wunna had 15 years now all of ah sudden wunna is hudini, change wunna ways first and stop with this political gimmicks

    • Deborah King
      Deborah King November 1, 2017 at 11:11 am


    • harry turnover November 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Woman…READ the article and see wha going on… your comment is just HOT AIR.What has 15 years got to do with this when the DLP WAS GIVEN AIR TIME for those 15 years while in opposition.
      IF the DLP had a problem then don’t you think they would have done something about it since 2008 ?..ya FIDIOT !!

  28. Cheryl Cumberbatch
    Cheryl Cumberbatch November 1, 2017 at 6:20 am

    CBC has always been used to the benefit of the governing party, however the opposition still got a little air time in the past. I remember Mr. Thompson being a regular on the Best and Mason cricket programme. It is awful what is happening now.

    • harry turnover November 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Tell Culleen Alleyne that .She needs to learn how to read and understand what she is reading.
      She seems to be pausing in the middle of sentences and reading through full stops

  29. Patrick November 1, 2017 at 6:26 am

    All of you have one vote and that vote was for the same party over and over.
    I have no problem with a change of government, But three years later you will be complaining again because there is no money to do the things promised.

  30. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Ok CBC is political that’s nothing new it just depends on which party is in power and since only B & D have only ever govern Barbados both have benefitted from it so cry me a friggging river BLP.not that I care for DLP either both of them useless.

  31. Maureen Burgess
    Maureen Burgess November 1, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Some people got to go

  32. Laura Rudder
    Laura Rudder November 1, 2017 at 6:57 am

    But hasn’t CBC always been a tool of the party in power ? Not sure what the rumbling is about.

    • Nicole Denise Thompson
      Nicole Denise Thompson November 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

      While that may be true Laura, under the last BLP administration, Opposition access was not constrained in the way it is now

    • harry turnover November 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      AIR TIME….NOT BEING ALLOWED AIR TIME.When the BLP was in power of course it was THEIR TOOL…but the DLP AS HER MAJESTY’s OPPOSITION WAS STILL GIVEN AIR TIME…don’t get tie up

  33. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams November 1, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Sell it!

  34. Alleyne Heath
    Alleyne Heath November 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Power hungry.

  35. Randolph November 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    This gang has no credibility,they have destroyed the DLP for all time for personal and selfish gain.

  36. Randolph November 1, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Not only one moderator two,a male and a female.Two jokers.

  37. Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Every time the crooked Barbados Labour Party is in opposition they always promise fire and brimstone for CBC.

    This is nothing new.

    This is simply warmed over cold soup. Bare RUBBISH.

    • harry turnover November 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      ….and the DLP too…you must refrain from starting sentences and not finishing them.

  38. Alex Alleyne November 1, 2017 at 7:54 am

    All BIM need is a few more TV stations houses and all this foolishness will stop. Can someone remind me why Peter was removed from CBC and Who’s party held office back then.
    NOTHING NEW SIR , IT ALL GOES WITH THE TORRITORY , so you must roll with the punches.

  39. Michael Parris
    Michael Parris November 1, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I have heard all of this already. Guess I will be hearing it for a long time to come

  40. Zed Layson
    Zed Layson November 1, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Cbc is useless and out dated. Most is being done and more effective online… don’t waste your breath

  41. Pat BB
    Pat BB November 1, 2017 at 8:14 am

    When ur tied up with “Political strings”, u can never b strong so u will not last long, those strings will pop….enough said.

  42. Harry November 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Barbados should have allowed another TV station a long time ago, when the BLP was in power they talked about it but it never happened. Star-com was most interested in getting a license.
    I remember the late Errol Barrow calling CBC “the worst TV station in the Christian world” nothing has changed……

  43. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 1, 2017 at 8:36 am

    There are rules governing partisan political broadcasts. Such broadcasts are only permitted during an election period. Why, then, did CBC carry the clearly partisan speech of the leader of the Democratic Labour Party? We all know why. But having done so, how can they now cite the same election broadcast rules for their refusal to air the opposition leader’s speech?

    We cannot claim to be adherents of the system of parliamentary democracy and practise such blatant partisanship. This is the kind of behaviour you expect in a dictatorship, nor a democracy like ours.

    • Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

      When the BLP was in power as they like to call it, the Democratic Labour Party could not get a word in edgewise on CBC.

      Up to this day CBC is still infested with BLP operatives. So I don’t know what rubbish he is talking about.

  44. Ossie Moore November 1, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Awesome ! Change that is drastically needed at CBC after 50 + years of being a propaganda communist ” mouthpiece ” for both parties.

    Communist Cuba and Barbados are probably the only two islands in the Caribbean that allow state owned only television stations to broadcast in their perspective countries . . . . even Haiti allows private owned media to operate there.

    When this happens Barbadians who have never traveled or lived outside of Barbados will get the chance to see and hear local objective journalism .

    As a world traveler , I can honestly tell Barbadians that CBC TV is one of the 10 worst broadcast television stations in the world . . . . and the late Hon. Errol Walton Barrow said it quite along time ago before I said the same thing.

    Congrats to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott and to the people of Barbados , change is finally coming to an island that is in dire need of objective journalism by getting rid of the ” Communist propaganda government mouthpiece ” known as CBC TV.

    I totally agree with you Sir , sell CBC TV and immediately issue additional television licences to ensure that the citizens are given choice with respect to their access to news, information and entertainment on free to air television.

  45. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman November 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    stupse which ever party in power CBC does become the PR machinery. So exactly what notice you putting them on lemme guess all the DLP political appointees going home or will be forced out? Stupse election time is bring out all sorts characters.

  46. janette reifer November 1, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Nickk More
    Which college did you obtained your diploma in telling lies?
    You know you are not truthful. Speak truth or shut to hell up!

  47. Kevin November 1, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I remember former PM Thompson first press conference… And a question was posed by a member of the audience win which he ask, “If it isn’t fair that the BLP gets coverage on CBC”….. The answer that PM Thompson gave was the same answer the general manger gave. The BLP prior to the 2008 elections, enacted legislation that there will be no electioneering on CBC outside of election time. The BLP made their bed, if they get re-elected.. then they could change the law they implemented. The DLP has bigger issues to deal with…

  48. Sylvan Greenidge November 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

    When I say to Barbadians to see them mottleys and leave I know what I am talking about. You would have thought that a serious political party seeking to stamp out political tribalism in the country and in its own party would introduce legislation to bring about balance at CBC, but you read this statement and one gets the clear impression that should the BP win the next elections the entire staff at CBC would be fired. Now if one looks at how this BLP treated it’s own, Dr. Agard then who else would it not treat badly. The BLP has been put on notice not to trespass on my property at anytime in the future. In fact to do would be interpreted as an act of aggression towards me and would met with the strongest resistance.

  49. Cris Brisbabe
    Cris Brisbabe November 1, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Plz dont issue anymore licenses…sell it first. When 2213 election comes around then issue licenses.. So B.D.UPP can have they own station tuh drain they own money …not ours

  50. Deborah Clarke
    Deborah Clarke November 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Correct Lionel G

  51. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Good. Close it down.

  52. Mark Rosmar November 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    CBC has run outdated broadcasting model for the past 30 or so years.

  53. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards November 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Stupse CBC is running mow the.same.way it was running 20 years ago when another Party was in power. When all those who are DEMs are.fired please.advise who will.replace
    DEM think people all government run or owned statutory organisations go through changes after elections
    Board members hand in their resignations so i not sure what all of the hollering is about.

  54. Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    He is presenting a very compelling case for the

    He is hinting at how many people the BLP will fire. His party will jeopardize the jobs of many at CBC. And they will be replaced with BLP lackeys. Homosexuals and wickers.


    They already let it be known that they will be selling the Transport Board and sending home workers.

    • harry turnover November 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      …and the DLP did the SAME thing when the won in 2008.It is going around in circles Cadogan… next year it will be TIT FOR TAT again.

  55. Belfast November 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    CBC programming is utter rubbish. It is depending too much on call-in shows, extra long infomercials, individuals sending greetings to just about everyone in Barbados and in the USA. Announcers constantly yapping and selling food. Playing good music is an afterthought. CBC radio is more primitive today than when it first started in 1963. As for CBC TV, well I stop watching that years ago.

  56. luther thorne November 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Dont care what Carson Consortium DLP propaganda Arm MK: DA and the rest day . DLP scrape 10 years – no mote for unna.

  57. Saga Boy November 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Even before they win he threatening people’s jobs at TB and now CBC.?? Are these the same people who told the DLP in 2008 not to be vindictive. I hope the employees of these two places see what they will be in for.

  58. Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This is an interesting story coming out of Trinidad .


  59. Loretta Griffith November 1, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Too much hypocrisy. Where is the integrity?
    May God help and deliver Barbados.

  60. Ricci Khan November 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I only have Channel 8 on my TV and I do not want to see hours of Political meetings by any Political party. I want to see more movies like those people who have cable TV.

  61. Lorenzo November 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    As long as they get rid of those three DLP Moderatos off the talk show I am good.They are the most biased persons I have had the misfortune of hearing.


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