Former general manager Melba Smith is making her return to the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as the new chairman of the board of directors of the state-run radio and television broadcasting entity.
She has as her deputy veteran broadcaster and former CBC Director of News and Current Affairs Dr. Sharon Marshall.
The other members are: Brian Clarke, Peter Boyce, Gillian Leach, Reginald Bourne and acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs, Cheryl Alleyne.
In a brief statement this evening the Barbados Government Information Service said the new board has been appointed for a period of three years, with effect from Wednesday, June 27.
The development comes amid a freeze on freelance contracts that takes effect tomorrow at the loss-making CBC, which is said to be indebted to the tune of over $100 million and is currently in the throes of internal cost cutting.
There has also been uncertainty surrounding the employment contract of the CBC’s General Manager Doug Hoyte following the May 24 general elections in which the Democratic Labour Party Government was ousted from power.