Sunday 21 July, 2019

Poleon out, Huntley in as News Spin host

Timothy Poleon (via Facebook)

Timothy Poleon (via Facebook)

The popular Radio Caribbean International (RCI) midday talk show “News Spin” has taken on a new host after the dismissal of Timothy Poleon under controversial circumstances.

Earl Huntley, a former St. Lucia diplomat, former head of St. Lucia’s Foreign Service and retired public servant today hosted the talk show promising a slightly different change to its format.

He spoke of days when the show will discuss a selected topic and days when it will be open to the public to discuss their grievances.

Although Huntley’s first appearance did not create any controversy with callers, one said it was “a breath of fresh air” to hear someone else on the show.

Poleon, who has been credited with the creation of the midday newscast on RCI and of News Spin, was dismissed late last week.

He has since confirmed his departure with the radio station and stated that it had to do with his refusal to dissolve a company he formed and registered when asked to do so by the management of RCI.

According to St. Lucia Times, an online news platform, Poleon and the management of RCI fell out over his application for a radio broadcast license as he was planning to set up his own radio station.

A veteran broadcaster in the country working with RCI for almost 30 years, Poleon had amassed a number of media awards during that time with the radio station including Journalist of the Year twice. Just last year, he, along with other journalists from the print and electronic media, including one of Loop News' freelancers, received awards for outstanding work from the National Workers Union, arguably the largest trade union on the island.

Poleon’s dismissal from RCI will not keep him away from the media as he still anchors the nightly news on Daher Broadcasting Service Television Mondays to Fridays at 7 pm.

Efforts to get more details from RCI's Managing Director Tamara Gibson were futile. 

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