GUARDIAN Media Ltd has issued well-wishes to two of its employees contesting the St Joseph by-election but in a statement yesterday was unclear as to the eventual fates of radio personality, Errol Fabien, and Crime Watch host, Ian Alleyne, with the company.
Fabien, host of the radio show, Mixed Nuts, and Alleyne, both yesterday cemented their candidacies for the November 4 by-election—Fabien independently and Alleyne for the ruling People’s Partnership.
On his exit after filing nomination papers at the Aranjuez office of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), Alleyne said he has asked his employer for 14 days of leave from the Monday to Friday television programme, in the run-up to the election.
The company did not, however, yesterday answer questions by the Express as to what may eventually become of Alleyne’s Crime Watch, should he be successful at the polls, or whether the sabbatical was at the company’s request.
In a media release late yesterday, GML’s managing director, Gabriel Faria, stated: “Two of our major and valued talents, Mr Ian Alleyne, host of Crime Watch on CNC 3 and Mr Errol Fabien, co-host of Mixed Nuts, VIBE CT 105FM, have each announced their intention to pursue careers in active politics in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Based on their own personal career ambitions and in keeping with Guardian Media Ltd’s well-established policy of being an independent and unbiased media house, Mr Fabien has agreed to withdraw as the co-host of the Mixed Nuts morning show and Mr Alleyne has agreed that Crime Watch will not be aired, both being effective immediately.
“Mr Alleyne and Mr Fabien will use the opportunity to focus their energies on their respective political campaigns.
“The management and staff of Guardian Media Ltd thank both Mr Alleyne and Mr Fabien for their invaluable contributions to its programming and wish them well in their political ambitions.”