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PM supports St. Lucia cable TV company’s licence application

Minister of Telecommunications, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves, foreground, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves are aware of FLOW's customers' complaints. (IWN photo)

The application of a St. Lucian company to provide cable television service in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will receive the support of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves if it is discussed in Cabinet today.

Gonsalves told the media on Monday that he does not like the changes that existing cable TV provider FLOW has made to its packages and that he will support the application by Spectra.

Many of FLOW’s customers have complained that some of the more popular channels have been removed from the basis package and that the changes were made without informing them properly.

(Read also: Gov’t monitoring FLOW’s amidst complaints)

“… I am certainly not pleased when I formed the impression, either by myself or listening to people, that a particular investor has not taken into consideration the feelings of the consumer and the consumer market,” Gonsalves told a press conference on Monday.

He further said that while he has not studied closely what FLOW has done, the impression, generally speaking, is that a wide cross-section of people are not satisfied.

(Read also: Vincentians frustrated by FLOW’s cable offerings)

Minister of Telecommunication Sen. Camillo Gonsalves told the same press conference on Monday that his ministry is aware of and monitoring the development.

He said that executives from FLOW, which acquired its predecessor, Karib Cable, had informed his ministry that some channels could no longer be offered because of legal reasons.

Sen. Gonsalves is expected to travel to Turkey today on government business, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves will act as telecoms minister.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Finance, said that while he does not know the economics of the cable television business, when he see something can say if he doesn’t like it.

“I really don’t like it. I don’t like it and I want them to hear me,” he said of the changes that FLOW has made.

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5 thoughts on “PM supports St. Lucia cable TV company’s licence application

  1. Peter Binose says:

    Send Senator Francis to see them, he will find a way of fixing it.

  2. DFP says:

    Sounds like a bit of an Oligarchy going on here!
    I can’t wait until absolute power is handed to the son.
    After all, you can’t just trust any old minion with power can you?
    Oh joy!

  3. Blane says:

    “Sen. Gonsalves is expected to travel to Turkey today on government business, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves will act as telecoms minister.”

    While I agree with bringing competition, I want the two of you to do due diligence on the company and make sure that they have all their ducks in a row, and leave maybe a 2 month window open for other bidders, I said the two of you because you both are who running the country oh, and Julian I almost forgot him, everyone else is just there to fill constitutional seats. So i have to ask this question, why does the Prime Minister want to run everything? His son is leaving and he is taking over as Minister of telecommunications? that is a serious post and you can’t just be shuffling these positions around like a game of cards. What does the PM know about Technology? Sigh

    Prime Minister you are spreading yourself too thin and your portfolio is suffering, and by extension the country is suffering, when you are preoccupied with so many job, your only job becomes to move back and forth between them, and that leaves little time for actually doing the job. Our country is filled with crime and drugs, as minister of National security Stick to that, Or our economy and our country is the worst it has ever been, as Minister of Finance you should stick with that and try to improve the economic state of our country, and I can go on and on.Leave the post vacant and let the ministry do there job. No branch of government will suffer because the leader is away for a few days, they will be fine, leave them to do there jobs.

    You are too occupied with holding positions than actually doing the job of said positions. Your plate is more than full and you already have more than you can handle, let people who know how to do there jobs, and who know more than you to do there work man. Cheese and Bread man, everything yo war run? Ello cool out no man.

  4. Urlan Alexander says:

    So baby doc is off to turkey for God knows what and papa doc is acting in baby doc capacity? when have ,Vincentian, ever heard any of the other MPs on the government side ever act in any capacity? Don’t say Girlin because she whenever she acts all she can say is ” well the PM will deal with that when he returns”

  5. camilo says:

    It’s funny, you want to tell people how to run they private business, but nobody can’t tell you how to run the people business. (What a man!)

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