The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) of trying to silence them by engaging in “acts of sabotage that result in news-related items involving the party experiencing technical glitches during prime-time airing.”
“Now this is not the first time that we have had issues like this with GBN on reporting on the National Democratic Congress activities, and so even though at later on when the news came back at 10:00 pm whatever it was, was fixed,” said Randall Robinson, a former Public Relations Officer who was on the compound of GBN, to witness a one man protest by an executive member of the party Phillip Alexander.
Carrying placards, Alexander, who covered his mouth and blocked his ears, did not speak to the press , however Robinson said that silent protest, which lasted for about 30 minutes, was the party’s way to express concern about sharing information and news from the party.
During a news conference on Wednesday, the NDC raised concerns about several national issues, however, during the 7:00 pm (local time) airing of the GBN nightly news, the screen when blank and returned only at the end of the news.
Claiming there is a difference in the viewing audience between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm, Robinson said although the news is aired later in the day, there is a difference in the number of viewers.
“To us this continuing attempt at treating the NDC as a step-child in the politics of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique needs to stop and we expect better of the Grenada Broadcasting Network, much better,” said Robinson who called for fair and just coverage.
“Not only is it affecting the National Democratic Congress, but when you do that you are short-changing your viewers. The responsibility of the media is to inform and when you don’t and when it seems like what you have to say in the politics of Grenada when only one party is being heard, what does that says,” he asked.
Meanwhile, GBN’s management is yet to comment on the matter.