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Trinidad and Tobago CNMG - CNTworld shut down Gayelle TV for broadcasting the carnival. They have threatened them with legal action. Should a state run broadcasting channel be competing with a private community operation that regularly support cultural? It is interesting that this same organization couldn't even get the broadcast of the panorama over the internet straight this past weekend.

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On February 5th the Trinidad guardian reported that Information Minister Neil Parsanlal says the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) was awarded exclusive broadcast rights for live coverage of carnival 2010 after an open bid. It went on to further stat that one of the main reasons for granting the bid to CNMG was that "none of T&T’s privately-owned television stations would have opted to broadcast live, in its entirety, the Panorama finals, which could take place from 9 am to 2 am the next day". This statement is inconsistent with what actually transpired during panorama. In fact this is a cruel joke.


Below is the full story from the Trinidad Guardian

CNMG gets all Carnival rights
Richard Lord
Published: 5 Feb 2010

Information Minister Neil Parsanlal says the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) was awarded exclusive broadcast rights for live coverage of carinival 2010 after an open bid.

He said that in response to questions on the issue during yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s. Parsanlal said, however, in making the decision the Government had to consider another major factor. He said none of T&T’s privately-owned television stations would have opted to broadcast live, in its entirety, the Panorama finals, which could take place from 9 am to 2 am the next day.

“It is simply not in your best interest as a commercial entity. The Government, howeve, has an obligation to the good citizens of T&T who put us there. And therefore we feel as part of our cultural output to the people of T&T that we must show it,” he added.He said because of those factors the National Carinival Commission (NCC) selected CNMG as the preferred bidder. Parsanlal said all other news media are being allowed to provide news coverage of the Carinval events.
This years broadcast which was done by CNMG was probably the WORST that I have ever experienced right here in T & T. It was advertisements left, right and centre. Every five,ten and not crossing fifteen minutes there was a Bmobile or Comedy festival advertisement....well I've learnt them by heart now. Advertisements pay the bills ,that I know , but it was total frustration to look at all the events being broadcasted by CNMG.
Then, yesterday out of repeated frustration I switched to Gayelle who by the way was giving a broader more in touch broadcast only to see by way of a ribbon that CNMG had threatened them with legal bilge.HORSE MANURE for sure.
To the boasting CNMG I would say that it's the most cutting and splicing of any Carnival event I've ever experienced....and it's all events that I'm talking about.Piss-poor for our Carnival.
Gayelle has plenty mouth and tons of COLD feet. They could have mounted a very challenging case in court. The right that
they would challenge does not seem to be clearly defined. Too Bad!!!!.
at least some of you got through on Tuesday. I paid my money and say a blank screen. I'm not even sure how to get my money back. Its probably impossible. You know, I wish they would offer it via satellite as a pay per view. Or even via one of the outlets that show their cable shows via the computer so the traffic would be handled that way. Just the suggestion that they do this by themselves online was ridiculous. It showed lack of foresight as to how many people would want to see the event.

Oh and how did it look to everyone that at the very last minute it was limited to one station...payoff anyone? So much for encouraging fair competition. No wait!! I must be thinking of another advanced country.

Alright I'm done fuming.
We all share your pain with the total disrespect shown by CNMG, but the question is what are we as Pan lovers do about it . I believe we should start a petition on line asking for a full refund and take steps to have some sort of system put in place to ensure they do not have such a monopoly again . Boycott if necessary, it has to start somewhere or we will never be taken seriously.
We all share your pain with the total disrespect shown by CNMG, but the question is what are we as Pan lovers do about it . I believe we should start a petition on line asking for a full refund and take steps to have some sort of system put in place to ensure they do not have such a monopoly again . Boycott if necessary, it has to start somewhere or we will never be taken seriously.
Do it via satellite as pay-per-view. They talk about 20/20 vision and as usual our governmental entities have no clue. In spite of all the impressive structures they're still running T&T like a banana republic. Use the appropriate technology.

For events related to the "greatest show on earth" who really wants to sit at their computer or fool around with connections to your TV in order to truly enjoy a good picture. There's no planning and no execution. Seems like they did this as an afterthought. I recommended purchasing the events to some of my foreign friends and boy am I embarrassed.

I paid my $80 and invested a couple more in some phone calls to CNMG in T&T. After stating my case and informing them that I'd already disputed the charge with Amex, I was pleasantly surprised with an email stating that I had a full refund. I checked my account and sure enough they had done so. I hope that panjumbies and mas lovers are never subjected to this kind of fraudulent behaviour again.
CNMG put on the worst production for carnival and they had the nerve to charge $80.00. I believe they think all the people who live overseas are rich or like some Trinidadians believe once you live out side the country money drips like honey. I am ashamed of the way this company behave. Last year I was able to view the event on Gayelle and the live stream was good. Some of us paid this company and got nothing.

Mary
The quality of CNMG's coverage of the carnival events leading up to the two days of revelry took me back to the bad old days of the blundering TTT. Commentators were clueless and there seemed to be no communication between them and master control as they were unceremoniously cut off in mid-sentence at every commercial break. The commercials themselves seemed to be THE main feature of their coverage, interrupted by the mas instead of the other way around. After years of having viewing options and relatively good coverage, this year we were shackled to CNMG's giant leap backward as far as television broadcast standards are concerned.
me just say SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! over dat "company"
This was my First year of not playing mass after 19 years, and I ending beig disgusted and fed up CNMG BROADCASTERS DID NOT DO THEIR HOME WORK. calling charaters by the wrong name, Imagin callin the dance the sailors do when stoking the fire the young lady repeatedly called it scrubbing the deck, and a jab jab a jambolassie my god were they Trini's a lot of incorrect information was past, by 3:00pm I took two good drinks and went to sleep.

AH SHAME !
YA SEE HOW HOMEWORK IS IMPORTANT.
They should be ashamed of themselves, not just for all the rubbish meted out to the other stations but for inflicting Rene Cummings on us as an outside commentator for most of the events. They were so mean they did not eve let the NCC chanel in on thje carnival

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