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CBC move ‘not political’

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CBC move ‘not political’

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THE?CARIBBEAN Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) pulled stumps on the Best and Mason cricket show because it was not adding anything to the financial scorecard of the corporation.
News of the cancellation of the radio show, known for its provocative views on local and West Indies cricket, broke last week.
A CBC release last Monday signed by general manager Lars Soderstrom said that in light of the ongoing financial downturn and its impact on the advertising market, it was reviewing all of its operating expenditures.
“The decision to discontinue this show, as part of the annual review, was based on cost and the fact that the Best and Mason show, has not generated any revenues in the last two years – and not for any political reason – as is being suggested by some commentators,” the release said.
The release also stated that the corporation, like any other business, had to look at its operating costs, and this was especially important during the current economic climate.
“However, unlike other local and international media companies, the CBC has maintained full employment throughout this difficult period.
“In addition, information widely circulated in the public domain that the CBC is being funded by the taxpayers is in fact not true. The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation does not get any annual operating subvention from the Government,” the release concluded. (PR/JS)