An­other Choice face says Good-bye!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

STAR Re­porter

Barely one week af­ter Ti­mothy Poleon said good-bye to Choice TV, an­other lead­ing staffer has packed his kit and left the sta­tion. The lat­est walk­out was staged by pop­u­lar re­porter and The Jour­nal­ist pan­elist Miguel Fevriere. Asked why he re­signed, he said he “just was not happy with the new di­rec­tions the sta­tion has taken, es­pe­cially in re­cent times.”

The sta­tion has been closely as­so­ci­ated since the last gen­eral elec­tions with the rul­ing St. Lucia Labour Party. It fea­tured the SLP’s Red Zone dur­ing the party’s 2011 elec­tion cam­paign, with Ja­dia JnPier­reEm­manuel, and later In Touch also hosted by Mrs JnPier­reEm­manuel, un­til re­cently the prime min­is­ter’s press sec­re­tary.

Iron­i­cally, only this week at a party press con­fer­ence SLP chair­man Claudius Fran­cis claimed he had “many friends in the me­dia” and named Miguel Fevriere as one of them!

Mean­while the sta­tion has been seek­ing to set right wide­spread spec­u­la­tion that Poleon was pres­sured out of his po­si­tion by politi­cians who’ve prac­ti­cally taken over Choice’s ed­i­to­rial de­part­ment.

A state­ment from Choice this week said in part: “Sep­a­ra­tion is in­evitable if a mem­ber does not share our moral and eth­i­cal obli­ga­tions.”

For his part Poleon, also a pre­sen­ter and host of the pop­u­lar Newsspin on Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional, has been ret­i­cent about his rea­sons for quit­ting the job he’d held for three years at Choice.

Un­con­firmed re­ports in­di­cate he will be re­turn­ing as of next week to DBS, where his long TV ca­reer be­gan.

Choice TV’s CEO Wayne Whit­field was not avail­able for com­ment on the lat­est res­ig­na­tion. How­ever, he has adamantly de­nied Poleon’s de­par­ture had any­thing to do with pres­sure from any of his clients.

As the story goes, on the morn­ing of March 2, 2016 a free­lance videog­ra­pher got wind that an il­le­gal struc­ture on lands di­vested to In­vest Saint Lucia was to be de­mol­ished. On ar­rival at the site at Pomme, in Augier, he en­coun­tered a crew from In­vest Saint Lucia, in­clud­ing po­lice de­tailed to carry out the de­mo­li­tion. By some ac­counts the videog­ra­pher con­tacted the area MP, Alva Bap­tiste, who ar­rived at the site in short time in his jeans and white T-shirt. With cam­eras rolling, Bap­tiste said, in essence, that this was no way for poor peo­ple to be treated and that ac­tions like th­ese af­fected fam­i­lies.

The STAR has since learned that Bap­tiste was not privy to the facts and, con­trary to his as­ser­tion that “fam­i­lies and per­sons would be af­fected”, only one in­di­vid­ual - a squat­ter - was in­volved. In­vest Saint Lucia has since is­sued a state­ment on “the re­moval and re­lo­ca­tion of an il­le­gally erected stor­age shed.” Ac­cord­ing to ISL the area in ques­tion is the sub­ject of an on-go­ing ra­tio­nal­iza­tion process, ear­marked for man­age­ment by the Pro­gramme for the Reg­u­lar­iza­tion of Un­planned De­vel­op­ments (PROUD).

“In this par­tic­u­lar in­stance,” In­vest Saint Lucia has stated, “the said lands had in­deed been al­lo­cated to an­other fam­ily for the pur­pose of erect­ing a dwelling

Miguel Fevriere calls it quits.

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