Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a public radio and television broadcaster, located in Barbados.
The television service broadcasts on channel 8 and is the only legally-licensed, over-the-air television channel broadcasting in the country of Barbados. The corporation also owns and operates three radio stations: CBC Radio on 94.7 MHz FM and 900 kHz AM, The One on 98.1 MHz FM, and Q-100.7 on 100.7 MHz FM.
Besides the terrestrial television and radio the CBC operates a wireless Cable TV subscription service called Multi-Choice TV (MCTV) which offers many television stations from across the globe, including the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.
CBC's studios and offices are located North of Wildey at The Pine, Saint Michael. The television broadcast transmitter is located at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (Lazaretto, Black Rock), however it will soon be replaced by a transmitter at The Belle, St. Michael. The television broadcast is provided in the NTSC television format.
The CBC falls under the ministry and jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's Office. In 2008 Lars Soderstrom became the general manager of CBC.
In August 2006 Chairman, Sonwabo Funde of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reportedly held discussions with Barbadian government officials with the aim of forming a partnership or acquiring a stake in the CBC. In 2012 as part of a campaign promise the Barbados Labour Party's leader, Owen Arthur stated if his party wins the upcoming general election, the CBC could become privatised under that party's plan to reform the Barbados government.
The CBC is a member of: the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS, the Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association within the Commonwealth of Nations.
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