Fate of Channel 6 Hangs in the Balance
CNS TV 6 Owners and managers, CN Sharma and his wife Savitree Singh today met with President Bharrat Jagdeo as the president in his capacity as minister of information wanted an explanation from them over a complaint made by Bishop Juan Edghill and a recommendation put forward by the advisory committee of broadcasting that the license of CNS TV 6 be suspended.
Capitol News understands that Sharma made an apology on behalf of the company for airing the tony Viera commentary which was very critical of Edghill. The company had indicated that the airing was as a result of a mistake by one of the TV station’s operators who played the wrong programme.
Today’s meeting was also attended by the attorney general. Sharma did not walk with any legal representation to the meeting. This evening when contacted, CN Sharma offered no comment.
It is unclear when the President will make a final decision on the fate of the TV station. A few years back the station was pulled off the air for a number of months after a caller made a threat against the president on a live call in programme. Ever since then the administration has not been hiding its dislike for the TV station and its owner, who is also a politician and a presidential candidate for the upcoming elections.
The same president Jagdeo who will now decide on the sanctions against the TV station has used a number of public meetings and events to openly criticize the station’s owner CN Sharma and the work that he has been doing as a politician and a TV station owner.