No media house has been awarded the rights for the live broadcast Carnival Monday and Tuesday. With Carnival just two weeks away, one media house is expressing its disappointment over the way the broadcast rights negotiations are being handled.
Chief executive officer of State-owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG), Ken Ali yesterday issued a media release expressing that disappointment but also reminding the Carnival stakeholders that the Government has injected $154 million into Carnival 2013 and that "CNMG is a wholly-owned Government entity".
"CNMG is still seeking to conclude negotiations with the interest groups to ensure television and radio broadcast of the forthcoming Carnival events," he said.
But David Lopez, chairman of the National Carnival Bands Association and a member of the board of the National Carnival Commission, yesterday confirmed that, as of yesterday, no broadcast rights were awarded to anyone. In a telephone interview, Lopez said some people had the misconception that "Carnival must be free" for them. "That has been a challenge that has plaguing the broadcast of Carnival for a long time," he said.
Lopez said Carnival was a commercial asset to any media house and he was against the idea that media houses would make money on Carnival without paying anything for it.
Lopez though was not concerned with the short time to make the decision and is confident that the show will be carried live.