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B'dos Gov. TV station in scandal: Attempt to quietly appoint Canadian

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    Article: Unease At CBC - by TIM SLINGER Date: Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 Source: www.NationNews.com - Barbados Nation News Link:
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      Article: Unease At CBC - by TIM SLINGER
      Date: Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
      Source: www.NationNews.com - Barbados Nation News

      Link: http://www.nationnews.com/StoryView.cfm?
      Record=49096&Section=LO&Current=2004%2D04%2D20%2000%3A00%3A00

      THE CARIBBEAN Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) [
      http://www.cbcbarbados.bb/ ] could soon face a shutdown if a
      reported plan to appoint a Canadian national to the vacant post of
      deputy general manager is carried out in secret.

      Reliable sources told the DAILY NATION yesterday that the Barbados
      Workers' Union (BWU), over the weekend, served notice on CBC of its
      intention to take industrial action following a meeting with staff
      last Friday to discuss the controversial proposed appointment.

      When contacted, BWU general secretary Sir Roy Trotman said: "CBC is
      aware of the position of the Barbados Workers' Union in the matter
      where there is supersession by CBC of people who have worked for many
      years at the company, and who are entitled to fill a position which
      was always reserved for locals who have worked at CBC.

      "The BWU would expect CBC to respond," he added.

      Efforts to reach CBC's general manager Allyson Roach were
      unsuccessful. Reports indicated she was overseas attending a
      broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas, United States, while the
      corporation's chairman, attorney Ralph Thorne, refused to comment.

      Reports further indicated that the person at the centre of the
      controversy was Canadian Heidi Rasmussen, who has been tipped for the
      No. 2 position.

      Sources also said Rasmussen's selection was not the unanimous vote of
      the corporation's board during an interview process held earlier this
      year.

      Among those also interviewed for the vacant position were staffers
      Rosemary Alleyne and Dean St Hill.

      Industrial action has been looming in The Pine, St Michael
      corporation for the past several months because staffers are also
      dissatisfied with a number of other temporary appointments.[-End]
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