A number of longtime familiar faces and voices have joined heads of department as casualties of the restructuring exercise at the debt-saddled Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.
Some workers to be laid off have told Barbados TODAY they could be parting ways with the state-owned broadcaster as soon as Friday. Details are to be released to staff tomorrow of layoffs, redundancies and retirement that have claimed broadcasters, journalists, technicians and security, maintenance and support staff, Barbados TODAY has learned.
The Head of News and Current Affairs position, currently held by Michelle Arthur will be made redundant, while veteran journalist and news editor Peter Thorne has been laid off, sources at the station said.
Director of Broadcasting Services Rosemary Alleyne’s departure from the corporation via retirement is said to be imminent.
The three boast a combined one hundred years’ experience of local broadcasting.
Arthur, with well over thirty years experience, served as Head of News and Current Affairs since January 2014.
Alleyne, previously served as director of news and current affairs, and the head of the CBC Archives and Information Department. The second woman to be appointed head of news and current affairs in 1993, she was a news anchor from 1989 to 1994.
Other heads expected to leave the corporation are Head of Information Technology Nicholas Collins and Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing Sherry-Ann Waithe.
Also among those on the way out are popular 98.1 The One radio deejays, Dave Smooth and Dj Indian.
Most of the 78 workers on the chopping board have been verbally informed of their fate, while written confirmation were expected to be issued from Friday.
The news emerges less than two weeks after acting General Manager Rodwell London was given his walking papers. He served in the position ever since Doug Hoyte was relieved of his duties back in July – two months after the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) took office.
Earlier this week, Special Advisor to the Barbados Workers Union Sir Roy Trotman announced that radio station 94.7 FM – currently linked to the last remaining AM channel in the Eastern Caribbean, 900AM – is to be closed down, while announcing that 38 fewer employees will be retrenched than the original 116 proposed.
At the time, Sir Roy also noted that an additional 17 workers had agreed to accept voluntary separation packages.
The veteran trade union leader also told reporters that when the union met with the staff, they were advised to scrutinize the list of those going home to ensure it reflects the last-in first-out policy agreed to by both parties.