Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has intervened in an issue involving state-owned DBS Radio over the live coverage of the funeral of legendary broadcaster, Ferdinand Frampton.
Frampton died recently and he will be laid to rest today.
Reports indicate that the board of directors of the radio station had flatly refused to carry a live broadcast of the funeral despite the fact that Frampton had worked as general manager, news editor and program manager for years at the station and is well-known among listeners to DBS.
One of Frampton’s daughters, Ferdina, told DNO that Kairi FM and Q95 agreed to carry the funeral live and she wrote an email to DBS asking if it was possible to do the same.
She said she received a call on Friday morning (today) indicating that DBS had decided not to carry the event live. “Obviously I got really irate because I am trying to understand why would they not want to carry my father’s funeral service live,” she said. “I mean my father is a media stalwart in Dominica.”
However hours after the news began spreading of DBS’ decision, Ferdina said she received another call indicating that the prime minister had in fact given the order to DBS for a live coverage of the event. “I got a call indicating that the prime minister had given instructions to carry the funeral live and that’s fine,” she said.
Ferdina said she has no idea why DBS refused to carry the event live in the first place. “The board sat and made their decision and that was it,” she said simply.
She is now expressing relief that fans of her late father will be able to listen to his funeral on DBS.
Dominica News Online will also be providing a live stream of the funeral.
The funeral service for Frampton will be held at the La Salette Roman Catholic Church in Pointe Michel.
Viewing begins at 3:30 pm and the service begins at 4:00.
He will be laid to rest at the La Salette Public Cemetery.