“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.