Jagdeo, Ramroop expand media empire

Jagdeo, Ramroop expand media empire


…own newspaper, TV and now radio stations

A press release from publicrelationsqueensatlantic@gmail.com announced, yesterday, that “Radio Guyana Inc. (RGI) was launched on Thursday December 6, 2012.”

Bobby Ramroop

Queens Atlantic Investment Inc. (QAII) is the company headed by Executive Chairman Dr Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop, former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s best friend. President Jagdeo is also believed to be a major shareholder in Queens Atlantic.

Dr Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop (left)

Ramroop’s QAII now owns a newspaper—Guyana Times, a television station once owned by Anthony ‘Tony’ Vieira and operated as VCT 28 and is now TVG— this radio station, Radio Guyana Inc (RGI), and a host of other companies.            
The release added, “The radio station is the first of new radio licencees to commence operation here. In January, the Government of Guyana (GOG) issued licences to ten entities to operate radio stations.”

QAII enjoyed special privileges when it set up the newspaper, when it began to operate the television station it bought from Vieira, and now with the radio.
President Jagdeo had withdrawn advertisement from Stabroek News. However, he was to reverse this decision when he launched Guyana Times, the newspaper owned by QAII, in which he is said to be a major shareholder.
He began to give advertisements to Guyana Times and to justify this he reinstated advertisements to Stabroek News and Kaieteur News.
The television station enjoyed even greater privileges. Jagdeo, the then head of state, had informed the nation that no new television licence would be issued until Broadcast Legislation was introduced.
He had also proclaimed that no television licence could be transferred. Ramroop’s television had to be the exception to the extent that people began to believe that the television station was in fact acquired by President Jagdeo himself and that he used Dr. Ramroop as a front.
To show that he meant business when it came to new television licences, he moved against the estate of Sanchara which operated STV Channel 4 in Queenstown. He revoked the licence for that station when C.N. Sharma moved to take over the operations at the request of Sanchara and sought to broadcast on that channel.
Jagdeo insisted that the licence could not be transferred. But Queens Atlantic had no such problem.  As soon as Channel 28 was bought from Vieira, it began to transmit.

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo (right)

Ramroop changed the name of the station to TVG, implying a transfer of a licence to him, contrary to presidential statements.
The radio station is no different. Vieira operated a radio station, but Jagdeo refused to grant him a licence. When Vieira decided to broadcast, Valmiki Singh of the National Frequency Management Unit moved against Vieira and seized the equipment.
Vieira moved to the courts and won, but the decision was never handed down until Queens Atlantic bought the television station. This purchase also provided the entity with a radio station.
Observers now say that shame at the flagrant breach of the television licence prevented Queens Atlantic from operating the radio station. The government, through Valmiki Singh, had also raided the home of Mark Benschop to seize radio equipment that he had in his home. The message was clear to the rest of the society—no radio unless it belonged to the government or to the Ramroop Group of Companies.
QAII now says that RGI is part of a “dynamic media group”. It will be based out of TVG, located at Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown. The station will provide a twenty-four hour mix of several genres and styles of music.
“The station plays all the music you love while striving to keep up with the desires of its listeners. R&B, Soca, Bollywood Hits, selective Chutney, Hip-Hop and Reggae music can be heard. RGI can be heard on 89.5MHz and 89.7MHz,” the release added.
The station’s programme has been set to reflect the ethnic and religious make-up of the country, according to the release.

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  • Dr. Hewick  On 12/08/2012 at 12:46 pm

    I would like to hear the other side of the issue before I can make an objective analysis of this issue. Seemingly, it is slanted to serve a particular audience and unless both sides of this issue is known it is unintelligent and unprofessional to milk the sanctity of the issue.

  • Indra  On 12/08/2012 at 3:56 pm

    It is what it is Dr. Hewick.

    • Dr. Hewick  On 12/09/2012 at 4:01 pm

      Dear Indra, I noticed that you drew a conclusion which lacked a major premise and a minor premise from which your conclusion emanated. May I solicit those missing elements so that I can understand and appreciate your telegraphic conclusion? Incidentally, I am not generally in the habit of responding to observations on my comments but in this regard I am curious. Further, I wondered whether Indra is your pen name or not. Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

  • wycs  On 12/08/2012 at 9:25 pm

    What is wrong with Jagdo being friends with Ramroop. Dr Hewick is correct in his comment. What is wrong with Jagdeo buying shares in a business began by Dr Ramroop. We Guyanese are too small minded and have nothing to do but listen to gossips.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 12/09/2012 at 10:40 am

    The more Media houses the merrier! Hopefully they will be able to publish the truth and that half truths will not find a place in your establishment. Investigative Journalism is sadly lacking in the Region and hopefully this new entity will find be able to fill the void and make reports that will benefit the Country as a whole.In a Democracy, it is the Free Press that is the watchdog of all our civil liberties and that too is all we may have to defend with our Lives. Welcome New Journalists in Guyana!

    • sirenagx  On 12/12/2012 at 6:37 pm

      I find it somewhat amazing how so many anti PPP comments are like those of republicans – that is “if it has anything to do with the other party, then it must be bad and cannot be true or good. Unfprtunately, there seem little hope, that Cyril will see unbiased or fairness in Guyana papers soon. Independent thinking Guyanese are either dead or mostly silent.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 12/14/2012 at 9:00 am

    In this Global Village that we occupy as citizens or better still world citizens, we must make sure that while we live others must also live to see the next day. This is what Democracy is all about. We live in hope so that tomorrow will be better day than yesterday. There is absolutely nothing wrong in dreaming that one day there will be fairness in the reports that emenate from the Newspapers of Media houses in Georgetown. Life is all about hope and Living! If we cannot forhive the wrong doer then we may not be able to reinstate him or her in the Society we live.
    God Bless Guyana!

  • evon  On 05/10/2013 at 9:15 pm

    I just wanna say thank u RGI….love this station I’m tuned in 24/7….I work at a mental institution and as soon as I get to work my patients asks to turn on the old radio we have in the chalet…..they love RGI too…..they sing and dance to their hearts content

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/12/2013 at 10:01 am

    Music is a type of remedy for many kinds of mental ailments. The type of music that emanates from RGI may be just the right kind of music that the mental patients who are incarcerated in the institution needs. You also are doing a fine job in allowing these patients to recieve radio and music therapy which will eventually cure them and so they may be able to be re instated in the society. Why not suggest to the administration that they buy a new radio for these inmates. Keep the music on and enjoy the fun as not many people in today’s society can laugh easily. They bear mask faces and have to force a smile ever so often and here you along with the mentally ill patients are having much fun with the music that emanates from Radio RGI! Congrats on your music therapy for the mentally ill!

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