Former TV6 weekend news anchor Diane Baldeo-Chadeesingh said yesterday she intends to focus on her appointment as an Opposition senator.
She told the Express in a telephone interview: “It has been an overwhelming couple of hours. I will not be continuing with TV6. But I really enjoyed my stint there. I want to thank (TV6 head of news) Dominic Kalipersad. I understand he is out of the country. Sharon Hamilton-Cudjoe (deputy head of news) called me. She congratulated me and said the company had relieved me of my services. I really enjoyed my time working there.”
She added: “I spent 16 years at the TBC Network and I was a radio announcer. And when I left there, I had my own business. I am a certified consultant in international protocol and customer service. The weekend job suited me fine.”
But yesterday, Hamilton-Cudjoe explained Baldeo-Chadeesingh had not previously told the television station about this move to politics.
“When I asked her if the press release from the PNM was true, she said some things have to remain a secret... until...”
Hamilton-Cudjoe said once the station ascertained from Baldeo-Chadeesingh that the news release from the People’s National Movement (PNM) announcing her appointment as a senator was, in fact, correct, she pointed out to her it represented a conflict of interest and she could no longer continue to anchor. Hamilton-Cudjoe said congratulating Baldeo-Chadeesingh was merely the courteous thing to do.
Baldeo-Chadeesingh said she joined the PNM in 2012.
“Politics is everybody’s business. I found myself getting a little bit more curious. I didn’t like the current state of affairs. I thought I might contribute to changing the dynamics of party politics. This opportunity came up. I decided to take advantage of it. The PNM is about policy and proper representation. I plan to keep the Government in check and make detailed and specific contributions in the Senate.”
She added that her pressing concerns are the murder of children and the escalating crime rate in the country.
She said during her tenure she remained neutral.
She said: “I took my job at TV6 seriously. As a presenter, you have to be credible. And because of personal integrity, I felt I should not openly affiliate with a party. I could not and would not go out on the hustings. Within recent times, I continued to do a professional job. I didn’t do anything to compromise the credibility of the TV6 newscast.”
Her husband, Rajinder, said: “I am very confident and I am supporting her 100 per cent. She is able to do whatever she sets out to do.”