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Ian: I’ll be back on air in 15 days

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and defeated UNC St Joseph by-election candidate Ian Alleyne listen to a speech from one of their colleagues after the party conceded defeat at the party’s constituency office in Aranguez, San Juan, on Monday night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

Ian Alleyne says he will be back on air in 15 days, and yesterday boasted about getting “so many offers” from different media houses. Alleyne was fielding questions from the media outside the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court, after appearing in court to answer the charge of resisting arrest.



Asked what were his plans for the Crime Watch programme, which was aired on CNC3 until he became a UNC candidate, Alleyne said, “As I indicated prior to getting involved in the political arena, I took some days off—about 15...let’s say about 15 days from now I should be on the air. “I wouldn’t say it’s strange but I’ve been getting so many offers, you know, so many offers to move across and what not to different networks.” 


He said he was still waiting final word from his attorney Larry Lalla and was expected to meet with the management of CNC3 on Friday, after which he would make a decision. Dr Hamid Ghany, deputy managing director/managing editor of Guardian Media Ltd (GML), CNC3’s parent company, yesterday confirmed management was due to meet with Alleyne on Friday.


Alleyne and Errol Fabien had agreed to withdraw their services from GML when they decided to contest the St Joseph by-election, which was held on Monday. Fabien no longer appeared on Vibe CT 105’s morning show Mixed Nuts, while CNC3 stopped airing Alleyne’s Crime Watch programme from October 15. Before parting ways with the company, both men met with senior GML management, hours after they had filed their nomination papers with the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC). 


GML’s managing director Gabriel Faria said then the company’s decision to ask both men to withdraw was part of the company’s policy, which is observed “scrupulously.” He added that while Alleyne’s show was a valuable recent addition to CNC3’s line-up, there were no exceptions to the policy. “We are enforcing company policy that once a GML staff member, freelancer or contractor is active in electoral politics, they must withdraw from providing services.


“The company policy is that all our stations—radio and TV, as well as the T&T Guardian—must be politically neutral,” Faria said.



PNM not afraid of Alleyne

After losing to the PNM’s Terrence Deyalsingh by a margin of 779 votes, Alleyne said he intended to use his Crime Watch programme to continue to “mash up” his political opponents. But the PNM has made it clear it does not feel Alleyne is a threat. Party public relations officer Senator Faris Al-Rawi yesterday advised Alleyne, “Go forth and make your best shot, my friend. You will be as successful as you were in the by-election.”


Describing Deyalsingh as a “man of integrity, honesty and hard work,” Al-Rawi added that if Alleyne believed he could also do that, then he should “bring it on.” “We do not really take the UNC seriously, nor are we troubled by anything that the UNC has to tell us, because they have been found to be fundamentally dishonest,” Al-Rawi added. Asked if he believed Alleyne should be again welcome on a television programme, Al-Rawi said the former UNC candidate was free to ply his trade and to do what he could to earn a living.


“I will never get in the way of what Mr Alleyne could lawfully do in this country. If he intends to make sure that people get the support that they deserve, in the constituency of St Joseph or otherwise, then that’s to be welcomed. “The PNM certainly won’t frown upon that. But we are certainly not going to be worried by any guntalk that he slings after he has gotten a good licking.”



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