CBC general manager dismisses talk of him resigning

“I am not going anywhere!”

That was the firm assurance given by General Manager of the state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Doug Hoyte, as he brushed aside speculation that he had either resigned from the position at the helm of the state run corporation or that he would not be serving out his three-year contract, which ends in March 2019.

“It is not true that I have resigned,” Hoyte told Barbados TODAY this evening in response to a news report by Starcom Network that he was stepping down.

In fact, Hoyte, who took up the post of general manager at the CBC in April 2016, said he had no intention of resigning, because he had work to do in turning around the financial and operating fortunes of the cash-strapped radio and television entity.   

However, he noted that the current misunderstanding might have been based on statements he made during a staff meeting this morning that followed a board meeting last night.

“People could say what they think they hear, but that was an internal meeting,” Hoyte said.

Asked if he would be willing to stay on at the corporation after the next election, the veteran broadcaster said: “As long as they want me I will stay,” adding that he intended to serve out his full three-year term.

In recent months, the state-run CBC has been struggling to meet its freelance and other payments. At the same time, customers have been complaining on the company’s multi-choice television (MCTV) Facebook page about the loss of cable channels after the corporation, which has been airing a number of imported Japanese and African programmes, recently boasted about switching its main channel – Channel 8 – to HD.

However, the general manager rejected suggestions that the financial problems currently plaguing the corporation would adversely affect a recent pay deal reached between management and the Barbados Workers’ Union.

“The deal with the Barbados Workers’ Union is the deal with the Barbados Workers Union,” he said after a suggestion was made that it was now in jeopardy.

Following reports that its regular Talk Yuh Talk and Walter 2.0 call-in radio programmes had not returned since the Christmas break, Hoyte also said it was not unusual after the busy Christmas advertising blitz for the corporation to cut back on some of its talk shows.

“This is nothing new. It is nothing new either that CBC is experiencing financial challenges, but it is possible to turn things around by changing the mindset,” he said.

50 Responses to CBC general manager dismisses talk of him resigning

  1. Lynette Rollock
    Lynette Rollock January 11, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Put back Days of our lives, hehehe.

    • John Everatt January 12, 2018 at 12:09 am

      Geez don’t start talking about that unless you want to create a riot scenario in the old folks homes across the country. They will be out on the streets in force demanding the return of Days Of Our Lives.

  2. luther thorne January 12, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I believe He Gone !
    CBC needs revamping anyhow !
    You would think that Doug Hoyte would have been the man but CBC seems too political too partisan and too polarize
    Refusing the Opposition ‘s paid political broadcast was a bad bad error. History is made everyday. History will record this rather callous decision

  3. Bajan boy January 12, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Get the ministers to bring back some n help out…cuhdeer..

  4. archy perch January 12, 2018 at 2:40 am

    There is now egg on Starcom’s face with its FAKE NEWS.The number one station in the nation,so bent on bringing down the government, has been conned. HA HA HA.
    Day in, day out,Starcom BrassTacks – with the same voices daily saying the same things over and over and over and over. What a boring and negative bunch of moderators, that encourage a climate of negativity, in order to boost the station’s ratings.
    An apology is demanded.Dough Hoyte’s resignation story was the lead item in Starcom’s News yesterday at 5:30pm. I want to see if the station will correct their Big Big Big error.

    • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 6:11 am

      @archy perch; CBC would always have failed and if Doug Hoyte was working for any media outlet in the US he would be gone long time ago or he himself would have resigned. The 3 talk hosts are a disgrace to talk radio. One that I thought would have done a better job as an educator, open his Monday show with how much food his wife cook for him over the weekend and how many liquor shops and friends he visited, then the next 2 days are worst, all the calls are sympathetic calls for the host and that host said that they`re not interested in the number of people that listen to the show, that`s a no-no in America, advertisers go where the listeners are, and if you can`t have big numbers, you`re gone, then you get Mr. Loud Mouth, very bad diction, how much vegetables he gives away and mostly speak on issues that he can`t correct callers when they wrong.

  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 12, 2018 at 3:55 am


  6. Tony Webster January 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    CBC’s is , as Mr. Ronnie Clarke famously put it, coined the phrase, Completely Beyond Comprehension. As we clawed our way to independence, it did in fact have a more serious role, and indeed, could honestly say that it had a professional foundation, and purpose, and fulfilled its mandate and public expectations.

    Today, it’s a 90% a political plaything, and I often wonder how (some) staff who have clear journalistic talent, could allow themselves to be part of such a pathetic, obvious, contrivance. A huge pity.

    Sell it? You couldn’t give it away to anyone with a brain….it needs a mercy killing.

  7. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace January 12, 2018 at 6:40 am

    how can you turn around 160 million dollars in losses in 3 remaining months of this administration.

  8. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio January 12, 2018 at 6:40 am

    D L P

  9. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson January 12, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Doug the Distillery !

  10. Freeagent January 12, 2018 at 7:05 am

    If we remember correctly CBC has ALWAYS been a political plaything; it did not start with this administration. However, I hope that Mr. Hoyte will be able to bring some life back into the station that many of us grew up with. One wonders why there are no advertisements during the evening news as the public needs to be informed of sales, what is available in the marketplace and where it is available etc. I listen to CBC radio and there are very few ads when compared to its competitor. Cut out some of those ads that we see over and over during the news and bring money-making informative ads, please.

  11. Mike Baje
    Mike Baje January 12, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Shut down CBC. Morning Barbados now being shown at night. Nothing else to show beside QQQQQ? Pathetic!

  12. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford January 12, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Put days of our lives back on

  13. Lauretta Smith
    Lauretta Smith January 12, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Mr Hote i not blaming you if you were fed up and wanted to resign i am also fed up with CB C it show nothing to watch except morning Barbados and that is becoming very boring

    • Diana Wharl
      Diana Wharl January 12, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Don’t forget the chinese pictures that have taken over

  14. petra January 12, 2018 at 7:48 am

    probably they asked him not to leave. Arch shut up you always on a riot

  15. bobolee popo January 12, 2018 at 8:04 am

    why should resigne when I can stay and loiter on the premises..

  16. archy perch January 12, 2018 at 8:14 am

    It cost money to host and or develop local programmes for CBC, who or which company will pay. There are so many media stations in Barbados all vying for piece of a dwindling cake.
    I hear people complainng about repeat programmes on that CBC station TV 8. Well i listen sometimes to the BBC which is international, and who broadcast more repeat programmes than them. So let us be fair man.

  17. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith January 12, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Barbados Today how can you sit back and allow a comment about distillery…The concern should be the resignation of Mr. Hoyte and the programming…Disappointed!

  18. Germaine Smart
    Germaine Smart January 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Continue the great job don’t stop

  19. Ras Small
    Ras Small January 12, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Talk yah talk! Wait?!
    Da done too, right?! Chaaa!!!!
    Ah gine miss de Madman (JL) only.

  20. Tony Webster January 12, 2018 at 9:05 am

    @Archy Perch: bro….you jes’ mek muh day!!!!!! Comparing C.B.C…. with the Beeb? Tek bow, Sar!! LOL like Silly Season here fuh real.

  21. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas January 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Don’t resign; the word terminate will be used.check the lexicon if unsure of the meaning

  22. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls January 12, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Maybe he issued a challenge. Or maybe you know, he said something to the effect that he dun wid dat out of frustration? Just saying. And the news got out. Just saying. Words always have consequences!

  23. Ben Bella
    Ben Bella January 12, 2018 at 10:11 am

    You should gone long a go

  24. Mackar January 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Duglas!! You are the captain of a sinking ship. As a good captain you should be the last one off.
    Just be careful that the ship don’t sink before you managed to get off.

  25. hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Only Barbados reward persons and keep them although they are dismal failures. Where in the real world of media would Doug Hoyte would still be employed. If he was hired to turn the Station around, he has not, the station is in a worst situation that when he took over. NBC, CNN, WOR, WBLS, ABC, no sports team would keep Doug Hoyte and he is saying that he is not going nowhere.

  26. Paul Chestnut
    Paul Chestnut January 12, 2018 at 10:56 am

    It has never been explain to the public…why the sudden change of programming… Why was CSI Miami ,new York,person of interest… Days of our lives even sesame street all taken off channel eight?…was it a case of pirating?….please explain…….

  27. Ossie Moore January 12, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Look , people are missing the point here , it’s not Doug’s fault that CBC is dump . . .PERIOD .

    CBC was a dump from day one back in Circa 1963.

    Why does “buh”bados ( Barbados ) has only 1 television station . . . . a government owned station and why has the Government(s) of “buh”bados in 54 years never issued a private television operations license to the scores of applicants that have applied for the said private television licenses ?

    I don’t understand why Doug is getting blamed for all of this . CBC ( a mouthpiece for the Barbados Government (s ) is one of THE WORST MEDIA ORGANISATIONS IN THE WORLD and Doug is just the “fall guy ” for the dump organisation.

    • Belfast January 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      In 1963, for the majority of Barbadians who had never seen a Television set before CBC was magic. The programming at the time was informative, entertaining and educational, as CBC fell under the aegis of the Ministry of Education, and was a means of eventually phasing out the old and popular mobile cinema.

  28. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes January 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Why can’t people get it into their thick skulls that CBC is not just channel 8?

    • Eugene Lavine
      Eugene Lavine January 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Because they are interested in what is free.

  29. Wendy Knight
    Wendy Knight January 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    What difference will it make if you resign or not?

  30. hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    CBC is funded by the tax payers, why the party in power and the hosts believe that the station is their own. All tax payers are not supporters of the Ds or Bs so both should be given equal time. Listening to Maureen in the last days of last year, I sense something like she was uncertain if she would be back. This is a crucial time for the DLP not to have a mouth piece to bring their propaganda for the election.

  31. milli watt January 12, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    always knew that was a lie because these managers we got bout here would never resign when things go wrong but would always conspire to get rid of workers.

  32. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 12, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Ah wonder what the moderators that used to defend the Government and cut off people when they talk against the wrong things that the Government is doing is saying now?

  33. Ossie Moore January 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    hcalndre , you’ve got some very valid points here . . . . BUT

    hcalndre says : (1) Only Barbados reward persons and keep them although they are dismal failures.

    Ossie says : Then get rid of some of the lazies in the B’dos Government ! ! !

    hcalndre says : (2). If he was hired to turn the Station around, he has not, the station is in a worst situation that when he took over. NBC, CNN, WOR, WBLS, ABC, no sports team would keep Doug Hoyte NBC, CNN, WOR, WBLS, ABC, no sports team would keep Doug Hoyte and he is saying that he is not going nowhere.

    Ossie says : Of all the years that I have spent with the U S News Media it has been totally impossible for any GM or ND ( news Director ) turn a station around in just 2 years.

  34. luther thorne January 12, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    That certain Moderator had demonstrated a kind of desperation that indicated that said moderator had lost it completely. There was a certain amount of thrashing around and emotional outbursts that was totally unbecoming. Months of pent up frustration gave way to typical emotional cracks .Wherher or not the Call in Programme resumes that Moderator’s credibilty has been affected. Advice and lesson to others. Keep Professional and do not get too intertwined with political Bias or BS

  35. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton January 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Ya should resign though

  36. Belfast January 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    But how can CBC operate at a loss, when it brings us a host of low budgeted programmes and call-in shows and has become a national jukebox, with programme after programme inundated with callers requesting songs to be played. As for CBC TV, the first 15 minutes of the evening news is probably the only interesting thing about it.

  37. straight talk January 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I believed that Daug Hoyte resigned or step down whichever it is, meetings were held and he decided not to go that is how politics goes. Just like Mara Thompson told that reporter she is not running in this election and then would bring down God off thee throne that she never said so likewise with eger elven who said there is no letter about the PM leadership they don’t nothing about no letter and them never sign anything and then up come Chris Sinkler and said YES there is a letter. learn to tell the truth people that is part of why the country is in such an awful state.

  38. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    He is one a DEM jokers….talking about turning around $160m. In loses. They took over and make it alot worse than what it was while running all the viewers and businesses that use to advertise with the foolishness that they showing.

  39. Gregg Moseley Clarke
    Gregg Moseley Clarke January 12, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Distractions… isn’t he or wasn’t he a D

  40. Belfast January 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Maureen Holder to take over.

  41. luther thorne January 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    The big problem with CBC and most Government run places is that there is low productivity and mismanagement. Most management systems are Top Down and in this day that is a recipe for disaster. Most managers have an approach similar to the Slave Masters. They see persons the same way as Massa saw the slaves. They categorized them the same way. They pay them the same way while they themselves enjoyed large salaries and all the perks . They can afford to buy more than the worker/slave but are given lots of freeness. Lives in the BIG House , wears tthe finest and eats/drinks his way to a Guts.

    On the question of Productivity . They are employing people who do not producei. Who are not willing and I might say who are not encouraged to work hard for the organization. Many complain and complain and are not willing to make the extra effort
    They do just enough to get them to pay day. They steal time , fake sickness and are generally not contributing to the wellness of the organization. How are we going to go foward ?

  42. Helicopter(8P) January 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Brathwaites from Black Rock or Okras in de Stew?? . A junior radio show by students from various schools during the evening hours can be an idea and on the road live radio play, with local produce advertisements throughout the island along with services being offered by self employed persons. A CBC membership card purchased for a low yearly fee can be your advertisements device.

  43. straight talk January 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Stop wasting time and money on CBC and privatise it now.


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