Another Choice face says Good-bye!
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.