PM intervenes in live coverage of Frampton’s funeral

dbs radioPrime 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.

 

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109 Comments

  1. March 5, 2013

    Cold as my comments may seem; and I know I will draw some fire because of it; I will take my chances and say, there is nothing special about any citizen of Dominica, including Frampton that gives them the privilege of their burial funeral being carried live on Radio!

    I mean he could have worked at DBS for a thousand years, he got paid, that’s how he made his living, the Radio Station has no obligation to transmit any event of his burial, except if daughter paid for that to happen. You see there people who die in Dominica everyday, and we never hear about their death, never mind their burial!

    None of us should be treated in any special way: if his daughter has the privilege to simply E-mail the management of DBS and demand that they carry live her father’s funeral and the oblige her, then every Dominican should have that same right, because simply because he worked at DBS, and I do not care in what capacity, that does not earn him any privilege that I as a Dominican or any other Dominican should enjoy.

    If we are going to put one Dominican on a pedestal when they die, then we need to build perhaps seventy thousand more less one since they say there are seventy thousand Dominicans alive!

    But anyway that is my take on that, I could not care less who get angry at me I say the man did his duties at DBS, he got paid for the performance of those duties, therefore the nation does not owe his family a bed of roses, or free lunch on his burial day!

    Only in Dominica people get irate when people refuse to honor their over-ambitious wish.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  2. jeanmarie
    March 4, 2013

    politics again..weh DBS the only reason why DBS didn’t agree to carry ferdi funeral live is because he wasn’t a supporter of the labor party. is so alu want ordinary people to stop the party politics when every day we are being faced with victimization. PM stepped in not to look bad, election soon so he has to play his game. shame on how dominica has become we….. 5 yrs going to pass us by and we still cannot be reunited after an election. RIP Ferdi, you were one of those with a conscience

  3. SOMETHING ELSE!
    March 4, 2013

    Jealousy and Hate!That’s all the UWP MEMBERS AND SUPPORTER ARE THERE FOR.

  4. JEALOUSY AND HATE!!!
    March 4, 2013

    BOY UWP MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS are something else.An incident took place at DBS with regards to the the LIVE coverage of F Frampton’s funeral.Dem UWP CARBALISTS WERE OUTRAGE because DBS said it wasn’t going to carry the funeral live.Dem CARBALISTS ask for the PM to intervin and do the right thing to have F Frampton funeral carried out live on DBS RADIO.The PM did the RIGHT thing the CARBALISTS WANTED.They still commenting giving and calling the PM all sort of bad name because of what the PM did.Man you should hear Angelo on Q95!This guy is a Beast..Thinking he so smart but he ain’t clever..Just a rolling stone that gathers no moss.

  5. jay
    March 4, 2013

    Question – what is all the excitement about? Tell me, did DBS carry the funeral of Barnet Defoe live? And I may be wrong, but did he not die as manager of DBS…..all of you hoofing and puffing should shower him before he died…..shots man

  6. dissident
    March 2, 2013

    Boy look movie
    De Papa Don orders de hit from behind de scenes
    After de crime gets committed de same Papa Don comes to do damage control and get more jewels for his earthly crown. And de people so gullible they buying that old stinking codfish and carrying home for their family to eat thereby spreading de original cancer. Effectively de culprit Papa Don steals de spotlight fussing de entire event to be a worship session honoring his beastly appetite.

    In de end Ferdie under de ground and De Papa gets all de talk, praise and recognition.

    Always riding on someones back (lennox linton, athie, angelo, arundell and even ferdie) or some family’s personal issue to steal some credibility and appear humane loving and sincere.

    U only fooling fools

  7. no name
    March 2, 2013

    why is Ferdina fretting about live coverage of her father funeral. as a media man he was, why didnt you all give a live broadcast of his life on earth as a media man. this would have been better.

    • Wondering
      March 2, 2013

      What about his life before a MEDIA MAN? Ferdinand had a life long before and it is just amazing that it is not being considered. What about the double FF before the “LIME” light? Cheers!

    • MOSQUITO
      March 5, 2013

      Hi
      I note you are not a regular DA radio listener

  8. Anonymous
    March 2, 2013

    I do not have much to say on this issue other than this is not the role of a Chairman. He is micro-managing the Corporation. Decisions such as these should be taken by the Manager. It is clear that this man does not have anything else to do or does not know is role.

  9. fil
    March 2, 2013

    I don’t blame DBS for not broadcasting the funeral because if the do it for one they should do it for all former manager. Why is it so important to carry a funeral live. If the managers refused to do it the PM should never intervene. She should let her father rest in peace.

  10. Pedro
    March 2, 2013

    One man Government, controlled by TONY

  11. jackie chang
    March 2, 2013

    showmanship

  12. Bakes
    March 2, 2013

    What is this? Condoleneses to him and his Family but he was not a Prime Minister of the country. Why should his funeral be live? Is this how it works in Dominica? People in media die all the time and don’t have there funerals broadcast live. What makes Frampton different? Well if that is the way it works I want my Funeral carried live.

    Let me guess because the Prime Minister said no. I think there are many others who should have there Funeral carried live but that is my personal opinion. Maybe they should have paid for that service.

  13. Do get it
    March 2, 2013

    Another ej how Da is permanently screwed.Which ever side you are on this is Bull crap

  14. "O" STRESS"
    March 1, 2013

    R.I.P. FERDDIE,even in death things are tough for you. But wobie unto those who can kill the body,”but cant kill the sprit.

  15. jax
    March 1, 2013

    Personal opinion. I think it’s creepy wanting to show any member of your family being buried on TV.
    It’s a private matter. Not for all and sundry.

    • MOSQUITO
      March 5, 2013

      Hi
      Have you heard and seen STATE FUNERALS, and what and for whom they are given? Not only Politicians

  16. lee
    March 1, 2013

    why would they want three stations to boardcast a funeral? Everything is DA is a roro let the man rest in peace. If DBS do it they’ll have to broadcast all former manager’s funeral

    • Jay
      March 4, 2013

      Lee, just to remind you we are a very,very small country where everybody knows everybody. This was a golden opportunity to demonstrate harmony and unity, especially for the Govt. but even that those boneheads at DBS f…d up!

  17. MOSQUITO
    March 1, 2013

    What is it some Dominicans, this PM is not allowed to do something conscienciously and not bring POLITICS into the Arena. This person has done what I believe is the right thing as he know the general good Community work Mr Frampton has done over a long time.
    I will tell you when Pierro died KairiFM on hearing an unforgetable report from the hospital I believe it was MAT, although these guys was giving Pierro some grief, on getting that report KairiFM immediately went into lament. I changed immediately to DBS the Nation’s Station and they were playing soca music.
    They did the same when Pope John Paul 11, I made a forceful complaint to the management
    Remember Ossie Lewis need I say anymore except to give Skerrit credit where credit is due and it will be to his benefit to siop such nonsense in future and sack the Board members pronto

  18. I Would Know
    March 1, 2013

    RIP Mr Frampton.

    To those of you claiming board member told you it was a planned decision, STOP LYING!!! NO BOARD MEMBER COULD TELL YOU THIS, BECAUSE THIS WAS THE IDEA OF ONE MAN, AND ONE MAN ONLY. The person made their decision and went to their bizawell for backing, then informed staff. No PM, No PS, nobody had any idea this was going to happen. It backfired in his face however when certain senior staff and influential labour people applied and pressure asked the PM to intervene. You see there are people in Dominica who still remember Ferdie and what he endured as a labourite for the sake of DBS, even them couldn’t believe the nerve of this yard foul. It would be nice to see him go also but since he panders to Skerrit other business then he most likely will call this an “error comrade” and let it slide.

  19. Malatete
    March 1, 2013

    DBS decision not to broadcast live Mr. Frampton’s funeral service was tantamount to scoring an own goal. Most people would see it as vindictive and puerile, regardless of the motives for such a move.
    Being over-ruled by the P.M. turns Mr. Skerrit into a knight in shining armour and casts the board and management of DBS into the villains of the piece. It also removes any notion of the
    independence DBS are supposed to enjoy as it is now cristal clear that the final say rests firmly
    with Mr. Skerrit. I can not help wondering how
    such direct interference fosters untiy and harmony between the board of DBS and the Govt. on the one hand and DBS management & staff on the other. Is it too far fetched to imagine that is all part of a Machiavellian “divide & rule” strategy?

  20. Jupe
    March 1, 2013

    I fail to understand why DBS would not provide live coverage of the funeral, given the deceased had worked with the media outlet for sometime. That’s great they finally decided to do so. My condolences to the family.

    That been said, I find it most troubling and dangerous to a democracy that a Prime Minister or head of state directs or orders a national media outlet to broadcast anything for that matter.

  21. Africo
    March 1, 2013

    My sympathies to the Frampton family, and no offence meant, but this creates a precident. If DBS and every other electronic media house, including DNO, has to carry Ferdie’s funeral live, does that mean that every time a former manager of DBS dies, that their funeral must be carried live?

    There are State Funerals and Official Funerals where this is the norm.But remember this is a normal family funeral.I know most people will shout me down, but can someone guide me as the criteria for this action? Just wondering for future reference how they pick and choose.

    • Merina Mckenzie
      March 4, 2013

      I concur. I will not shut you down. Carrying the funeral service of Mr. Frampton live is a “bunch of BS”.
      He was an employee.
      The station is going to lost thousands of dollars in revenue by putting their programs and paid advertisement on hold to carry the funeral of a former employee live? Well, going forward, they will have to do the same for all DBS employees.
      At least from the board refusing to carry the funeral services live, we get to know who really makes decision at/for the corporation.
      Since the Prime Minister can call and override the board’s decision, it tells you, that the Chair is a “puppet” of the Skerrit administration and is currently employed as the board messenger-actually he has NO! decision power.

  22. Paix Bouche wit love
    March 1, 2013

    yehhhh the PM comes in like knight in shining amour to save the day. yes yes yes thats management for you.

  23. Respice Fimem
    March 1, 2013

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Dominica. What a country, and somebody will say that this is not a dictatorship? If this is not dictatorship, I don’t know what is. In the first place DBS did not want to carry the funeral because of who Ferdinand Frampton was. A non supporter and critic of the Government, then the dictator said it is OK, you can go ahead, and they did! WOW Dominica. I suppose men can call the PM when their wives refuse to sleep with them and he can order them to do so to!

  24. help
    March 1, 2013

    All I know is nothing is done without the consent Of Roosevelt Skerrit,NOTHING!!….so who want to drink that glass of coolaid serve on ice,good for them

  25. look tory
    March 1, 2013

    It is all about politricks. well master minded by the Prime Minister so he could appear to come to the rescue of the late ferdinand Frampton and order the board to bring the funeral live. Who all you think all you fooling… People what Skerrit did was to try to make believe that as i understood from a board member, Skerrit them plan that. why did Q95 and KAIRI agree to do live broadcast of the funeral but not DBS…dont be fooled dominicans its all politricks

    • I Would Know
      March 1, 2013

      State your opinion but stop lying to inflate your ego. No board member told you jack, because no board member knew of this muchless to tell you it was a Skerrit them plan. Skerrit is in the habit of playing superman after he pour gasoline and light the flame, however this time he didn’t know jack, and NO member told you anything, or they would be lying even on themselves. This was a very personal retaliation by an idiot who thinks DBS is his.

    • Justice and Truth
      March 2, 2013

      Why are you so negative? You cannot read people’s mind. Why make such a statement which may be incorrect? :twisted: :twisted:

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2013

      we all were thinking the same thing

  26. Peeping Tom
    March 1, 2013

    I do not wish to offend Ms. Frampton further, but i cannot understand why her deceased father’s funeral should be carried live in the first place. I fully appreciate her love for her dad. I too, have fond memories of him as a broadcaster. His contribution to Dominica and to radio broadcasting on the island cannot be questioned.

    Having said this, what is the national value that warrants using national resources to broadcast his funeral? I would understand if he were a public figure. If the benchmark for using national resources for private benefit is being a «stalwart», then we must accept other abuses of public resources, such as a politician using Public Works vehicle to go on an Easter Monday picnic with is extended family, at our expense or a politician accepting a cheque from our Treasury for which he has not worked. We cannot chant down abuses of public resources on one hand, and then promote it on the other; especially when the use of this public resource is not sanctioned by the Constitution. We cannot scream for good governance in one breath and then knowingly promote its destruction in the next.

    By the way, if being a “stalwart” is the criterion for free airtime at OUR national station, will other Dominican stalwarts receive this privilege? You see, i have a list of such deserving stalwarts who need free airtime to promote certain causes.

    We confuse personal and national interests in Dominica. Everything becomes a personal matter. I understand why Ms. Frampton would question DBS’ decision, but I also believe that her ire is unfounded. As for the PM, i do not even understand why he allowed the broadcast because it serves no national purpose and it is a flagrant misuse of national resources.

    • Doc. Love
      March 1, 2013

      Is peeping tom aware that Jeff Joe’s funeral was carried live by DBS Radio.

    • Papa Dom
      March 1, 2013

      You damn well wished to offend! answer this question. Why was it necessary to spend thousand of tax payers dollars for Maynard, henry and the other labour party supporters? You are a %%%%%%% &&&&&& you know.

      • jay
        March 4, 2013

        @ papa dom you really cannot put ferdinand with maynard doh…….that’s chalk and cheese

    • Frenz
      March 1, 2013

      Peeping Tom you are not aa sart person at all. People just scroll Dwn a few pages and you will see the same blog under the handle I REMEMBER. I responded to the same blog by asking the I REMEMBER character – how much is your opinion influenced by partisan politics; I need no answers from I REEMBER cause PEEPING TOM is I REMEMBER.

      Nous Chabais chockyyy .dude you are a sick individual and need help.

    • anonymat
      March 1, 2013

      I agree 100%. If I may add what is the use of having a board as the decision making body for statutory instutions only to have the pm overide their decision?

    • MARIGOT
      March 1, 2013

      eh!!! Dominicans just too think they IMPORTANT!! wasn,t a national hero or jack, when de bishop dead lemme see what they will do I hope BBC CNNABC FOX and the like bring it live. Ferdina you should have text it to the world ,Stupeeeeeeeeeeeeees via Lime. :oops:

    • forkit
      March 1, 2013

      i wish you shared the same concerns when skerrit was playing fireman when astaphans was burning……

      that man made dbs what it is and you saying they should not give him a good send off..

    • mahalia
      March 1, 2013

      winston derrick of observer radio in antigua was given an offical funeral recently, why not the same to mr.frampton.mr framptons years of contribution to the media in dominica surpasses that of winston derrick in antigua, and if i am not mistaken,his contribution to broadcasting on a whole. so carrying his funeral on the gov.t radio station that he managed for years should be a given. shame on the management and board of dbs

      • Merina Mckenzie
        March 4, 2013

        He was paid. And he was also a “political stooge”. His hands were not any cleaner than the current managers-he victimized and did dirty jobs for political gains also. They are all the same.

    • Malaewau
      March 2, 2013

      Well said.

    • Apachie Indian
      March 3, 2013

      I have accurately hurled my target right into your wounded eye. At last, I found a target board.

    • Merina Mckenzie
      March 4, 2013

      Bravo! well said my brother.

  27. Doc. Love
    March 1, 2013

    If those Ministers of Government cannot do their jobs why dont they resign.Earlier this week we heard Government, through Henderson the U.N. Ambassador, not being able to pay the U.N dues on time resulting in Dominica’s vote at the U.N being terminated.We have a Ministry responsible for social sevices but Skerrit controls most of the funds for that Ministry through the Red Clinic.Remember the famous Ossie Lewis fiasco,Skerrit had to clean up their mess. Now we have a Framption predicament,once again Skerrit has to come from behind and clean yet another mess. When will these Ministers of Government take on their ministerial responsibilities as men not little girls.

    • Merina Mckenzie
      March 4, 2013

      Doc. Love, Look up the meaning of dictator. That is what “your” PM is, that is why the ministers cannot function independently.
      He does not delegate. He controls everything. Are you so consumed by partisan and loyalty that you lost your vision?

  28. Think about it
    March 1, 2013

    I personally don’t see the reason for carrying a funeral live. How many people are actually going to listen.

    • young DOMINICAN
      March 1, 2013

      i am listening in ST.MAARTEN. THANK YOU.

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2013

      maybe you should check to see how many people watched it live. over 2000.

  29. March 1, 2013

    I reiterate, if it was my father, neither dbs or any government officials or some of you would be allowed near his funeral. Beat me.

  30. Glory Days
    March 1, 2013

    Is all of all you so that does give the PM bad name just taking decisions on all you own and think all you running the show. PM I LOVE YOUR MOVE PUT THEM STRAIGHT THOSE BOARD MEMBERS.

    • Merina Mckenzie
      March 4, 2013

      I pity people like you.
      I will not respond in a more graduate level, because you will understand.

  31. Bob-E
    March 1, 2013

    Poor PM??? No matter what he does the cabalists must find a way to vilify him. Don’t worry people, he working for everybody, even the haters.

  32. truth
    March 1, 2013

    Is Dominica a communist country? Don’t the people decide what they can or can’t broadcast on the station. Why is government getting involved. Soon they will be telling us how much we can earn,what job we should have, where to live, what we can eat and so on. People are free to make decisions in a democracy, you put the manager of the station in place to make these decisions good or bad .

  33. Heartless
    March 1, 2013

    Former DBS staff, Brenton Henry, who was forthright enough to ask the PM a pertinent question at a Press conference, was ridiculed. He paid dearly for his boldness. The PM never came to his rescue when his journalist job at DBS was discontinued.

    Opposition not given equal time in last election on the “Nation Station.” Court throws petition out. Same Chairman, same Board, same DBS, same DLP Gov’t.

    PM, Chairman/members of Board and political operatives controlling DBS. They do the bidding of the ruling DLP Gov’t. It was the cries of the Dominican people and Q95 who forced any change of heart from those heartless, power-hungry guys. Their modus operandi is to show how much power they could exercise on their own fellow men. They care not for the living much less for the dead.

    • Peeping Tom
      March 1, 2013

      You are confusing issues, Heartless. Mixing apples and grapefruits.

    • smh
      March 2, 2013

      I didn’t know Brenton not there again,poor jab. Y them plp doing that. One day eh! One day.

  34. Mamizoo
    March 1, 2013

    What a shame. The level the board members would stoop to victimize non supporters of their party – even the dead and the aggrieved. This is not just the ways of DBS but a culture from the red side of the political divide. Interestingly people who are suppose to know better are the ones perpetrating this culture of dived and occur. How can a man go from priest to ……. How can human beings be so cold hearted for partisan politics.
    The more these monkeys climb is the more they expose the nature of their behinds , their quest to oppress and remain in power by all means necessary.We wonder why some of them are in court and on radio lying , conniving and covering up blatant and deliberate crimes against the people and country.
    These my people are the nuances of a corrupt regime ; the ench men positioned to cause mayhem and fear all with the blessing of te politicians in power. The politicians then step out from behind the curtain pretending to be prophet of peace and fairness. These are the kind of practices that made the legacies of men like Adaffi, Idi Amin, Castro, Chavez, SADAM, Mobutu, baby doc and papa doc.
    These men and women are suppose to be religious mentors- boy boy boy. What a country we have become in such a short space and time.

  35. forkit
    March 1, 2013

    why should the pm have to interven in a matter that is so petty. he should fire the entire board.
    there are fanatics in positions that are causing more problems and division in the country than those politicians. FOOLISH PEOPLE

  36. Anonymous
    March 1, 2013

    see dictatorship isn’t so bad after all? #justsaying…

  37. Referee
    March 1, 2013

    This is clearly a magnanimous and courageous move by the prime minister and I commend him for it. It further shows that the prime minister is capable of rising above political petiness and has the potential to do the right thing even if the right thing may not find favour with his political base.
    Which reminds me of other burning issues in which the prime minister can appeal to his more noble instinct. How about if he makes an about face and issue an aoplogy to GON Emmanuel for the indecent,and evil manner in which a prominent retired magistrate was treated when his house was fire bombed. The denial of justice to Mr. Emmanuel remains an ugly blot on the record of the prime minster and others involved in the admistration of justice.
    So it is not too late for the prime minster to do the right thing and bring an end to the chirade we have witnessed over the past couple of years which sows doubt about his commitment to the rule of law, and quite frankly, a commitment to upholding the standards of human decency which any law abiding and god fearing country is known for. Unless we see justice for Mr. Emmanuel there will a be blot on the legacy of this prime minister and every day that passes without his call to action for justice for the retired magistrate, his bold moves, such as his welcome action in the case of Mr.Frampton, will seem hollow and insincere and intended merely as a political gimmick.

    • .
      March 3, 2013

      @ Referee the Soo Tee Wer …..Magnanimous my foot! He only did this after the outcry by patriotic Dominicans. Shame on this Corrupt board and Corrupt Government.

      • And??
        March 4, 2013

        that’s a great reason to step in!!

        your point being?

        If he had just stepped in for no reason you guys would say something else.

        Bloody Dominicans – don’t know front from back

  38. We are not fools
    March 1, 2013

    Knowing the way politics dominate everything in Dominica, and the fact that no government run office, which includes DBS is allowed to take a decision without the approval of Mr. Skerrit, I have every reason to believe the PM was the one that refused the original one and changed his mind when he heard Ferdina called out DBS. You talk about old crappy politics!!!

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2013

      Yes, just I thought, blame it on the Prime Minister. What else is new!

    • octo
      March 1, 2013

      every reason? At least mention one. Or is it a figment of your imagination?

      • We are not fools
        March 1, 2013

        Octo, without taking a minute to think I could 150 reasons, but knowing how DNO so like to shut me out when I call the PM’s name evev in matters that are public knowledge. So I will not even waste my time. Although you and others are out there trying to defend him, I am sure that most of you DO NOT BELIEVE this story from the famous story teller (my definition of someone that is untruthful). But you know, you have to cover your boss/ master because that’s what you al have been assigned to do, and that you do even when it violates your consciences.

      • We are not fools
        March 1, 2013

        Ask former press secretary whose last name is Douglas. He gave us quite a few reasons. In case Sean is too busy, ask former legal affairs minister and the current tourism minister who was fooled, not once, not twice and who gave is soul to defend this man. Ask him to tell you the real story and see if you can count the amount of reasons. Does that help octo?

    • the link
      March 3, 2013

      You guess is 100% right. I have my sources.

  39. grell
    March 1, 2013

    my corrections on my previous comment in a rush.

  40. grell
    March 1, 2013

    mr.pm great move was about to contact personallynand i knew you would have made the right decision.The board needs to be reshuffled.thank you sir.

    • Anonymous
      March 3, 2013

      People need to tell you Go To Hell! Go To Hell! Go To Hell! with your garbage. You believe Skerrit can do anything right? I doubt he can. He was all part of the plot…Day by day their popularity is fading .

  41. One Love
    March 1, 2013

    8-O FIRE THE BOARD

    • Yes
      March 3, 2013

      Along with the PM. He knew of their decision before the letter was out.

  42. IREMEMBER
    March 1, 2013

    This is utter nonsense and the rediculous use of public property.I support the initial board decision.It may be true that Ferdinand was well known within the DBS community,and that he may have contributed alot to this station,but do we have to use station time to carry a funeral ceremony just because he once served with DBS.An eloquent eulogy from the station I would think should have been the correct approach.What happens then with all the other so called important deceased Dominicans from various business,social and otherwise important positions in our society.Do we then have to have programning time set aside by DBS for their departure.And if the families demand live,free coverage by DBS,is the station compelled to provide it.It is because it is Ferdina’s father why she has reacted that way.If that’s the case,then everyone who ever worked or presently works at DBS should have their families demand coverage from DBS when its their great day.I therefore demand/request that in the future any families that believe their loved ones contributed greatly,in their view, to Dominica’s progress should demand DBS coverage,because hell they were important to Dominica too and the station is a public Radio station…belongs to the people,not the government….so give me my coverage time too….It’s a pity that type of recognition can’t be retroactive.

    • Frenz
      March 1, 2013

      Based on your views we all need a state funeral don’t we. How can we beso cold all in the name of partisan politics. Did you have a problem with media covering Jeff Joe’s funeral? I am curious about that cause I did not see such comment on DNO during the time of Jeff’s death.
      When a policeman dies the police department do what they do, the same with the firemen and other institutional organization that cherish the bond of brotherhood. Unfortunately for you the media brotherhood should not step across the baundaries to do something special for a fallen brother simply because of your rationale. I wonder how much your partisan preference influences your ability to be logical , fair and unbiased

      • IREMEMBER
        March 1, 2013

        Frenz…I think you have missed the point.There is no partisan politics here at all.As a matter of fact,Ferdinand was a dear friend.The point being made is that we,as individuals,cannot personally decide when we can use public resources,in that case the PUBLIC radio station,funded by taxpayers,for our own personal benefit.We have that type of privilege already through our publicly funded health system or schools,where all can benefit.The radio station is not one of those entities where we can just use it at our behest.If we want that privilege,then we have to pay for it.On the matter of Jeff Joe,he was a national icon to the very last days,an ambassador for his country in spreading its brand of music to name a few…Ferdie was away from that stuff for years and years.Most young Dominicans didn’t even know of him…and that is not a reason to deminish his worth,but when we decide to travel down that road,then we cannot deny someone else their hour of fame if they say they were important too….and Yes,nurses honour their own and policemen and firemen theirs,but does that mean that all of them should also have radio coverage.Then why stop there…what about the teachers,and fishermen,and football and cricket players…Oh,almost forgot the huckers and street sweepers….Ugly Willy didn’t get coverage…only just a few passing words and he was a pioneer!

    • Justice and Truth
      March 2, 2013

      What is your problem and those who opposed the broadcast? He was a man of stature who once held an important position at DBS and contributed to same. It is only fitting as a mark of consideration and appreciation that his funeral was broadcasted on DBS.

  43. Dca Possie
    March 1, 2013

    In other words, he could have intervened and said no, right? So he does in fact intervene…

  44. March 1, 2013

    if it was my father, neither dbs or any government officials would be allowed near his funeral.

  45. Jbfox
    March 1, 2013

    Why are Some Dominicans always asking God to do bass things to Dominica,where on earth did those people come from
    Its a shame.

  46. Faceup
    March 1, 2013

    Board of what, chupes !! Mr Skerrit, you played the right card to win Pointe Michel next year, you are truly a great politician !!

  47. notfooled
    March 1, 2013

    Give me a break pm you tired fool some people but there are those of us you CANNOT fool. Rre you trying to tell us u did not know?

    • Lovely
      March 1, 2013

      How did the PM really get in that? All she(they) said about him was that “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”. So why do you wanna know whether he didnt know? Nothing is saying that he said he didnt know. Everything cant be the PM?. So no one else makes decisions which are not in favor of the public? Please we need to take a break sometimes man.Please!!!!….

      • Anonymous
        March 1, 2013

        not under skerritt nose while he in charge.

  48. maindesk
    March 1, 2013

    It is the typical way of the PM. Always to appear to be the nice guy. First let his goons cut you and then show up with plaster and bandage. While we blame the DBS board try to remember that the board was acting within the culture set up by this government. The board did what they were appointed and expected to do which is leave out all opposition sympathisers dead or alive

  49. Huh!!
    March 1, 2013

    Well done pm my!! This is just a political move. Nothing happens in DBS without his knowledge so he knew they were not going to carry it. They took a last jab at a dead man. Shame on you all!!

  50. Nkrumah Kwame
    March 1, 2013

    A clear indication of the role of the Board at DBS! They have to do the bidding of their master Mr. Rooseveldt Skerritt. Let it be known that I believe Mr. Frampton’s funeral should be carried live on the radio, however those decisions have to be taken by the BOARD; how can a decision of the Board be overruled by the Prime Minister? This clearly shows that there is NO INTEGRITY within the Board and are only rubberstamping decisions made at the whims and fancies of the PM.

    • And??
      March 4, 2013

      Boards are appointed – but when public funds are used to fund agencies, we all know that the government has the say as to how these funds are being used. I’m not saying that they can change a decision – they can challenge it and force it to be changed. I believe that this is what happens – he told the to make it happen.

      This is all second hand information – the pm had given INSTRUCTIONS, for it tobe carried live…. so maybe he advised the board and they effectively changed their minds

  51. Anonymous
    March 1, 2013

    IN DOMIMICA WE MUST LAUGH TO SURVIVE, DBS BOARD HAVE NO BALLS TO HAVE TAKEN THAT STAND ON THEIR OWN

  52. Cousin
    March 1, 2013

    But i thought DBS suppose to carry trafalgar village council inauguration ceremony today at 4.30pm?

  53. SANDY
    March 1, 2013

    politics in funeral too…….

  54. Anonymous
    March 1, 2013

    Michael Peter, MP in the PM, worked with DBS for over 10 years and his brother had to pay them for his death announcement!

    Not one mention of his link to the radio station. :cry:

  55. Blue Ray
    March 1, 2013

    Well done Mr PM

    • We are not fools
      March 1, 2013

      Before Skerrit was born DBS was there; before he got intopolics and was made the PM, DBS was there. He will leave office and maybe even go the way we all have to go, and DBS will be there. DBS and Dominica on a whole does not belong to Mr Skerrit and very soon he will find that out if he has not. Play your dirty politics even with the dead but one day you will find out that nothing lasts forever, not even power. If you are in doubt sir, ask your good friend Mr. Chavez

      • Anonymous
        March 1, 2013

        Even the universe will die one day, nothing goeson in perpetuity

  56. trute
    March 1, 2013

    Great move by the PM. Gotta admit!

  57. dominican
    March 1, 2013

    Don;t be fooled people of Dominica that is just a strategy, mark my words. When God send his wrath on Dominca all of us have to bawl, the innocent will pay for the guilty. TIME WILL TELL.

    • And??
      March 4, 2013

      PLEASE – stop use GOD in your nonsense… using God to call evil on Dominica..then allu so tht claiming Christian

      why don’t your just pray in private …

  58. KUBA
    March 1, 2013

    good job pm that s how things should be done live the politics out of it

  59. DA4real
    March 1, 2013

    Ok people well give Jack his Jacket nuh. The Prime Minister as a leader made a great intervention. Way to go PM.

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2013

      Way to go what? I am tired with this tricks business by skerritt, always approving the things he knows to be unpalatable to the people and then turning around and issuing instructions to undo them. In any case why is there a board if he can just issue instructions on what should or shouldn’t be done? He could have called the board and said to them ” look this thing is not looking good ” and ask the board to reconsider. I am sure they would have changed/reversed their decision but issuing instructions? Trust me that was always the plan so that he could me made to appear as a hero who saved the day.

      • IPO
        March 1, 2013

        People just speak out of their …do you realy think that a PM of Dominica or any country can be there baby-sitting every board on the country…really.

        So the PM ochestrated this, then had to do undo it….way papa.

        All you carry this politics stuff to far

      • Me
        March 1, 2013

        Well said …and ingnorant …gullible Dominicans falling for it like an act of heroism …STUPES…I fedup of this nonesense!!!

      • Papa Dom
        March 1, 2013

        IPO, yes I speak out of my mouth. How many times have we heard and seen this? skerritt gave the instruction to not carry the broadcast and he tries to play hero. Shame on skerritt, shame on you and shame on all those like you who support this foolisness. Now come and take my food from my table if you are a man.

  60. william
    March 1, 2013

    If I was the family I would reject it to late . Why the board can’t stand on their own? They are afraid. Now I would get rid of the chairman shame.
    RIP teacher Feddie

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