Several employees of adult contemporary radio station Ebony 104.1FM have been terminated from their positions. The frequency, is embarking on a “reformatting exercise,” it says.
According to an article in the Sunday Guardian Newspaper, popular radio announcer Fabrice Francois was in studio when he along with five other radio announcers were called to an emergency meeting where they were informed of the management’s decision on Friday.
At the end of the meeting, however, Francois was not allowed to return to studio to wrap up his “Drive Time Ebony with Fabrice” segment or to inform listeners of the sudden decision.
This year would have been 16 years for Francois at the Newtown, Port-of-Spain-based station, which had thousands of listeners locally and internationally via an online feed as far as Dubai. He along with six other radio announcers, who were the only ones employed at the radio station, are now left without a job.
Ebony 104.1FM was one of four radio stations locally owned and incorporated by its parent company, Caribbean Lifestyle Communications headed by executive chairman and CEO, Anthony Maharaj, fondly called Tony Maharaj.
The only written correspondence on the issue was given on Friday to employees during the meeting the termination of its operations. Maharaj’s daughter, Karishma Maharaj, administrative manager/director, signed the letter, which indicated a decision was taken to cease operations from February 16th.
The letter also said there was no practicability of placing any of the announcers in another format, “as to do so would result in an impractical incompatibility.”