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Fabien threatens legal action against CNMG
Director of Gayelle, The Channel Errol Fabien is threatening legal action against the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG).
He said legal action came about because of a statement made by the group’s chief executive officer Ingrid Isaac. Fabien was speaking during a media conference outside Gayelle’s studios, Western Main Road, St James, yesterday. Also present was CEO of the radio station We Are Culture Crazy (WACK) 90.1 FM Kenny Phillips. Fabien said Isaac made the statement on Carnival Tuesday, after serving the station with a “cease and desist” order. It was served after Gayelle broadcast Carnival Monday’s events, the rights of which were purchased by CNMG from the National Carnival Commission and four special interest groups for $500,000.
He said Isaac’s statement was of “great offence to the station,” and he was seeking legal counsel to respond to what he considered an attack on the station. Fabien said, “Gayelle The Channel does not profit from our coverage of Carnival, we support it.” He said the station had given the Trinbago Unified Calypso Organisation (Tuco) $160,000 in advertising and airtime for Carnival 2010. Fabien said over the last three years, Gayelle had awarded seven national cultural organisations a total of $1.05 million in airtime and advertising.
He said this coverage was an indication of Gayelle’s support of the nation’s culture and artistes. Fabien said, “This is a small indication of what Gayelle The Channel does as a matter of course in our daily operations as a truly national television station.” In relation to the legal battle being bought against Gayelle by CNMG for the unlawful broadcasting of Carnival 2010, Fabien said the channel “condemns in the strongest way that the streets of Trinidad and Tobago can be sold to any media entity during a national festival like Carnival.”
He said Gayelle was prepared to partner with all “like-minded” organisations and individuals to enter into any legal battle that may arise out of the situation. Fabien also denied statements by Minister of Information Neil Parsanal who, at last week’s post-Cabinet conference, said Gayelle had broadcast Carnival 2010 live. He said this was incorrect. Quoting the late Lord Kitchener, he said, “The road make to walk on Carnival day.” Isaac was unavailable for comment, yesterday.