Veteran broadcaster Carol Roberts is tipped to succeed Cranston Browne as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).
Barbados TODAY understands that Browne will part ways with the NCF at the end of this year’s Crop Over Festival, which climaxes here in Grand Kadooment on August 6.
However, when contacted today, all that Minister of Culture and the Creative Economy John King was willing to say was that changes would definitely be coming to the Foundation.
“There are going to be a lot of changes like anything in life,” he said.
And when asked specifically if Roberts, a prominent radio personality, would be taking over at the NCF, he said he had heard Roberts’ name “as well as a lot of things”.
King however promised that the new CEO would be announced “in good time”, while stating that he believed in order and therefore would not be commenting on who it would be at this stage.
Efforts to reach Roberts, who was previously employed at the NCF as a marketing officer, today proved futile.
However, when Barbados TODAY reached out to Browne, he said he was not told anything even though he said enough to suggest that his departure from the NCF was drawing near.
“You just got to wait and see . . . . A few more days or weeks. You just got to wait and see,” he told Barbados TODAY.
In April 2013, Browne was appointed interim CEO to serve until April 21, 2014. An official release had stated then that the board of the NCF would continue its search for a CEO by widely advertising the post in an attempt to secure a candidate for a longer-term contract. However, Browne’s tenure was subsequently extended with former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Cabinet Minister Donville Inniss last week stoutly defending his former administration’s decision to renew Browne’s contract just before the May 24 general election.
“Cranston Browne’s contract at the NCF, as far as I know, had expired and we took a position as a Cabinet on the advice of the then minister and he had the advice of the board to renew that contract. And let me tell you something, Cranston Browne has been one of the most successful CEOs of the NCF. I am prepared to defend that decision,” Inniss said during a constituency branch meeting.
Browne reportedly earns $142, 000 annually.
The pending changes at the NCF come on the heels of the recent election in which the Mia Mottley led Barbados Labour Party received an overwhelming mandate.
Since then, a number of political appointees have been shown the door, including the General Manager of the state run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation Doug Hoyte and his counterpart at the Transport Board Sandra Forde, who have reportedly accepted packages.
There have also been a number of unexplained sackings at the National Housing Corporation, including that of the General Manager Lanette Napoleon-Young as the new Government attempts to clean house and to put its own team in place.