State owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) is to wind up operations but TTT will get a second coming.

Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie confirmed he broke the news to staff earlier today. The government will use the assets of CNMG and GISL to restart a new entity with completely local programming. Cuffie said that was the recommendation coming out of the 2015 consultation on state media.

Video courtesy GISL

The move will lead to two of the three radio brands (99.1 Next FM and 91.1 Talk City) being closed. They will retain Sweet 100FM.

As for staff, Cuffie says current staff members will be allowed to apply to the new TTT.

“We are doing a manpower audit. CNMG is currently engaged in a manpower audit exercise,” Cuffie explained. “The only change is that the audit will look at what we will need for CNMG's operations. To focus on local content and the operation of Sweet 100 as a radio entity.”

Video courtesy GISL

Asked about resurrecting the name TTT Cuffie said, “There is great brand recognition for TTT. There was and still remains affinity for the name that CNMG never attained.”

The Minister will hold a press conference tomorrow to elaborate further.

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