Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2018. 6:55 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Reports reaching BBN from reliable sources within both Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and KREMANDALA indicate that on May 11, 2018, BTL ended all media advertisements with KREM Radio, KREM TV and the AMANDALA Newspaper with immediate effect.
One of the sources informed BBN that an email was sent from BTL informing KREM that no advertising will be coming their way due to their new financial budget not being released as yet.
BBN could not confirm if the plug was pulled only for a short period or if KREMANDALA will no longer be getting any advertisements from BTL, and will be subjected to the same long term treatment vetted out to PLUS TV and other media houses who have been critical of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) or the Government of Belize.
According to the source within BTL, advertisements with the other media houses in Belize, particularly WAVE radio and TV, Love radio and TV, Channel 7 and Channel 5 are not being affected. Our BTL source also informed BBN that the instructions came from the upper management of BTL but that the stop order came from the highest ranks of the UDP.
Recently, the KREMANDALA empire has been very open with their support for the People’s United Party (PUP), particularly leading up to this year’s municipal elections. In addition, newly elected Mayor Bernard Wagner is the husband of Amandala’s Newspaper Manager, Jacinta Hyde and the brother-in-law of PUP Deputy Leader, Hon. Cordel Hyde and KREM radio and TV activist, Mose Hyde.
The decision by BTL have all appearances of being vetted out as punishment to the KREMANDALA empire. BBN tried contacting BTL’s marketing manager to get their input but we were unsuccessful.
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