I could not write my first real blog entry about anything but the only local free to air TV channel in Barbados, CBC TV8. The small number of ‘followers’ I have would be done with me before I even start.
This post is a preface of sorts to anything I write hereafter about CBC. I like to put things into perspective by trying to establish the facts before I give my mouth liberties. Now I won’t claim to be an expert on the operations of CBC because I don’t manage the place, further less even work there. Here however is a bit about the framework within which CBC operates and carries out all its duties, including the running of Channel 8.
Taken from their website (emphasis added):
Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2011 01:24 Tuesday, 26 April 2011 18:23 (not sure what the two dates are about)
The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a statutory Corporation, which was created by an Act of Parliament in 1963. The Corporation is mandated to provide public service broadcasting to the community.
Programming is CBC’s business. CBC’s purpose is to provide a medium for communicating programmes of the highest quality in both transmission and content to attract audiences and advertisers.
The CBC operates three (3) radio stations and one (1) television station. The CBC also operates the pay television service, MCTV.
To provide consistently, superior quality educational, informative and entertaining programmes and services that inspire and enrich our Caribbean peoples’ lives while creating a stimulating environment that enhances the quality of life of our employees.
I will not right now evaluate the last two highlighted segments but will let future posts tell the story of whether or not CBC is living up to its stated standards.
Important however to note is the first bit: that CBC is a statutory corporation. Wikipedia defines a UK (which our system was modelled on) statutory corporation as “a corporate body created by statute. It typically has no shareholders and its powers are defined by the Act of Parliament which creates it, and may be modified by later legislation.” Speaking of Ireland, it states “Such bodies do not have shareholders, but are typically boards appointed by a sponsor minister.”
Following on from this I can state:
- 1 CBC is part funded by government (which has no money).
- 2 It is bound in its operations by legislation and by extent those who champion it (politicians)
Big constraints. CBC therefore will never be an ABC, NBC, BBC or Al Jazeera but the “highest quality in both transmission and content” is still to be expected.
On that note, look at the pic below. ***DISCLAIMER*** I personally did not see this but the person who forwarded it to me is in my estimation an honest person. The error is thankfully no longer on their site.
I will be watching…and writing.