PBC Jamaica still without board and CEO
September 26th, 2010 - 11:36 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Legislation establishing the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) is to be amended to make it easier for the Government to appoint a board of directors. The PBCJ has been operating without a board and a CEO for an extended period.

Minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz, said the proposed amendments would be completed soon. He told The Gleaner that a CEO could not be appointed without first having a board of directors in place. Mr

Mr Vaz pointed out that the statute governing the public broadcasting entity stipulates that appointments to the board should be made from 17 different groups or sectors in the society. “We are in the process of amending the legislation in order to be able to appoint a board easily,” he said.

Earlier this year, Leighton Thomas, who was appointed CEO in 2007, was sacked after a PBCJ audit unearthed breaches of government rules and regulations at the corporation. An interim manager was appointed to run the government media organisation for a short period. However, following the Government’s appointment of former commissioner of the Correctional Services, June Spence Jarrett, to fill the vacant CEO post, pressure mounted on the administration to remove her.

Opposition Spokesman on Information Lisa Hanna had said Ms Jarrett’s appointment breached the regulations of the PBCJ Act. According to Ms Hanna, the board of the corporation must appoint the CEO of the PBCJ and not a minister of Government. Ms Jarrett was subsequently removed from the top job at the corporation.