A Word From BFP Editor Marcus…
Oh, the delicious irony.
After years of being lapdog to the BLP government. After years of unethically suppressing news and stories that embarrassed the political and business elites of Barbados. After failing time and time again to fulfill a journalist’s duty to guard the public trust… a fired Nation News staffer comes to one of the hated, ignored and villified blogs, to freely have their say to the Bajan public.
No problem – Barbados Free Press and other blogs are here to let Bajans discuss important issues. No thanks to the lapdog “professional” news media.
Take it away Fired Journalist. Just don’t expect any sympathy from we…
Letter To Barbados Free Press
You know what they say about people who protest too much. Maybe the BFP has shares in One Caribbean Media (OCM).
Last Friday 23 Barbadians were laid off by the OCM setup in Barbados. The OCM setup in Barbados is The Nation Corporation, the STARCOM Network, and the corporate entity in Roebuck Street. The silence is interesting especially since each Morning Vic Fernandes parades as the Market Vendor and washes his mouth on everybody (by the way he should wash his mouth on his son Bobby who recently *** removed by BFP editor***).
This same Vic Fernandes has been silent on the CLICO issue – know why CLICO had owned a sizeable chunk of OCM shares. But like most people it is the soft targets that they hit at despite him trying to give the impression that he as a Market Vendor is for equity and fair play. But yes last Friday six employees of the Nation were laid off including in this group were Adonijah, Katrina Bend, Wendy Burke and Cheryl Marshall-Morris.
The public wouldn’t know who Marshall-Morris is but let me just say she is the wife of the embattled former Nation Big-daddy, Chief Newsroom Whip, Roy Morris who fell from grace last year like Jimmy Swaggart after he couldn’t leave the underage girls. It is interesting to note that if he were still at the Nation he would be arrogantly presiding over who goes home.
At STARCOM about 17 workers were sent home. The entire sports desk was sent packing. I said ALL. Imagine these guys were at the stadium doing a live broadcast on the inter-school sports only to find out the evening that they had no jobs. The entire Direct TV installation crew was also sent packing. Included in the redundancies were Patrick Ward and Harold ‘Ebony’ Tull, a man who helped to make VOB when it started up in the 1980s. Management waited until minutes before four p.m to simultaneously make the announcement at STARCOM, The Nation and Roebuck Street headquarters. At STARCOM the 9.30 p.m news has been scrapped; also too the 11.45 a.m. sports bulletin. For Sports STARCOM is now relying on freelancer Martin ‘Cheese’ Parris-Eastmond.
Apparently management said these are tough times and it was a hard decision. HOGWASH. Especially when Vic Fernandes is paid $800 for each Market Vendor broadcast he does each morning. And he is also paid for the repeat. Wouldn’t you all wish to be paid $800 plus a day for telling internet jokes for five minutes.The same humble Market Vendor who takes home between $15,000 to $20,000 a month; has two top of the line company cars (an Audi & a Mercedes). It is felt that the opportunity was taken to get the rid of people management at the companies generally did not like.
However, word is that there will be more layoffs since the hit-list is supposed to be 35. Let’s hope the incompetent and inept Roxanne Gibbs is on this list. How could such an imbecile be still presiding over a large daily newspaper such as the Nation, let alone determining people’s future? Word of the further layoffs has staff at both places of employment uneasy. So who is next they are asking?
But spare a thought for the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). Well Vic ‘Market Vendor’ Fernandes is the Head of the Board of Directors. Since last year around July August staff has been working not knowing if at the end of the month they will be paid or even have a job. The plan is to disband CMC and give individual licences for regional media to OCM and the likes, after the taxpayers money was used to set up CMC. It is like Europe carving up Africa back in the late 1800s. Let Market talk ‘bout dah too.
One would think that if things were tight instead of laying-off workers who had helped make the company what it is, the board of directors and management would have come up with innovative ideas. They could have even borrowed a leaf from the then government back in the 1990s and say OK let’s all take a one or two percent salary cut now. But could you all imagine Vic ‘Market’ Fernandes, Roxanne Gibbs and the like taking a pay cut or giving up other perks. Imagine a week before all this OCM declared a profit.
But this is how management in Barbados operates. We all criticise the AIG fat-cats but they behave the same way. I HOPE OCM AND THE LIKES DON’T COME FUH NUH BAILOUTS.