Kellewan Lall appointed State Media Coordinator – Nov. 6th 2012
The Guyana Government has found a place for Former Ambassador to Brazil and one time Government Minister, Kellewan Lall.
Lall has been appointed to the newly created post of State Media Coordinator and will overlook the operations of the Government Information Agency, The National Communications Network and the Guyana Chronicle. It is unclear what his actual responsibilities will be, but he is expected to report directly to Cabinet.
His office will be based at the National Communications Network on Homestretch Avenue and though sources there say he might have no part in the day to day operations of the 3 state media agencies, reports indicate that an effort may be underway to put him in a management position that will encompass all three eventually.
Officials of the Office of the President are expected to continue meetings with senior management of GINA, the Chronicle and NCN about Lall’s new role. Some state media staffers were stumped over the move, trying to figure out what media experience Lall is bringing to the table. Kellewan Lall has worked for decades at the PPP’s Mirror newspaper both as a journalist and as an administrator. He was appointed a Political Advisor in the early 1990’s just after the PPP got to office.
He was made a Minister under President Bharrat Jagdeo and later appointed as the Ambassador to Brazil. That move caught the attention of the opposition which objected, but Jagdeo went ahead with the appointment.
It came at a time when Lall was wrapped in controversy following an alleged hit and run accident on the East Coast of Demerara, which left a policeman walking with crutches and nothing coming out of that story. Before that, there was a roadside brawl involving gun play.
The Brazilians took a while before eventually accepting his credentials following his appointment as an ambassador. He served in that post for less than 2 years before the Government earlier this year, announced that he was being replaced.
His appointment as State Media Coordinator comes at a time when the Government is being pressed to act on the outcome of a probe at NCN which unveiled financial irregularities, cuts by the opposition to both the Gina and NCN budgets and the poor circulation of the Guyana Chronicle.