Another addition to the local broadcasting landscape will
soon be launched in T&T. WINTV, the countrys third
national broadcast station, is scheduled to open its doors
in September and executives are promising to maintain more
than 50 per cent local programming.
Speaking at the companys media launch held at the
Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre, Lady Young Road,
Friday, WINTV chairman Mohan Jaikaran said it was time the
people of T&T have the opportunity to see an apt reflection
of themselves on television.
is going to be a national station with 50 to 60 per cent
locally produced programming, promised Jaikaran.
have a lot of talent here in T&T, here in the Caribbean
which has not been exposed before, he said.
Jaikaran said the organisation which plans to market the
station internationally, had already established offices
in New York, Los Angeles and Bombay.
In the pipelines is a deal to develop a Caribbean channel
with Time Warner, he announced.
Already the company has a strategic alliance with Tempo
the MTV Caribbean network broadcasting in more than 20 countries
WINTV will represent the cable station locally as its advertising
agent and will produce local content to be aired on the
is an exciting time for T&T. This is an exciting time
for the region, this is an exciting time for the people,
this is an exciting time for our children, said Tempo
senior vice-president Frederick Morton.
He called WINTV his stations arms and legs in T&T.
we become one Caribbean then we can take that to the world
with one strength, he said.
President of WINTV, Neil Prashad said additional programming
for the station includes Bollywood movie launches and Los
Angeles red carpet premieres and interviews with movie stars.
He stressed that WINTV will have a presence in these two
earmarked markets and predicts that no later than two quarters
after the local launch the station will broadcast to Canada
and the United States.
will be the window to create poster boys and poster girls
for this country, added Prashad.
Approximately 200 workers will be employed with the Chaguanas-based
operations with a start-up cost of TT$50 million.