Bronx, NY: NY based Caribbean Lifestyle Media (CLM TV) which made its debut on the Caribbean International Network (CIN), channel 73 (WNYC-TV) in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens on Sunday, January 7, 2007, recently aired its last program on the network. CLM TV co-producer Clement Hume said the executive team was informed that its contract with CIN TV was not being renewed in an email from network head honcho Stephen Hill. “It came as a total shock and surprise when we were informed that the plug was being pulled in two weeks” Hume indicated. “There were times we thought of packing it in because production costs greatly outweighed our income but based on positive feedback from advertisers and viewers in the community, we felt an obligation to continue. Truth be told, all locally produced programs here in NY were created by individuals who have made significant sacrifices, whilst the owners of CIN reaped all the financial benefits. There needs to be some adjustment to this sort of relationship” he said. Andrea Bullens, CEO of Bullizi Marketing, whose primary responsibility was to source new clients for the Kingston, Jamaica based outfit said “having been the Advertising Executive for CIN TV in the Tri-state area for the past seven years and assisted the network gross thousands of dollars in revenue during that period, it is sad that the only two remaining NY programs (CLM TV and ZYNC TV/ NY Linkz) were pulled abruptly. The tri-state area is a proven financially viable market for CIN. Pulling the plug on local programming is a slap in the face of dedicated viewers and loyal advertisers who have supported the network and on whose backs the platform was built on. I resigned due to disrespect and disregard for years of service to the network” she noted. But in a repsonse to Gleaner enquiries, Hill sought to clear the air on the reasons behind the change. “The nature of television is that programmes change on a regular basis, and CLM had a long run of over five (5 )years. This is far longer than most programmes are aired on any TV channel. They need to grow up and accept the fact that all television channels need to refresh their programmes and hopefully go about the task of airing CLM on another television channel. New York Linkz which was pulled at the same time as CLM from the CIN line up has found another home on television in less than a month...they should do the same.” Since word spread that CLM TV was off the air, station executives said they have been bombarded with calls from well wishers and concerned citizens who are outraged. “The removal of CLM and ZYNC TV, two locally produced programs for CIN is a dis-service to the Caribbean Diaspora and demonstrates insensitivity by the owner, Stephen Hill,” program host Irwine Clare said. utmost importance “For several years many viewers have watched with delight the programs offered on this platform that has served our community with entertainment and information pertinent to our region. Over the past year however there has been a cut back on locally produced programming that reflects and addresses local demand for information. In an environment where media is not readily prevalent to the Caribbean community, every opportunity to provide information locally is of utmost importance. Granted that the CIN establishment is a for profit entity and so must act accordingly, they also have an obligation to be responsive and responsible as good corporate citizens. It is the NY Caribbean community - largely Jamaicans - that are responsible for CIN’s success. It is also our local politicians and community leaders who have paved the way for CIN to operate in our community, and thereby attracting advertising. CIN’s success has been a collaborative endeavor. What really has CIN put back into the community? Wake up Diaspora!” Earlier this year CLM TV team became the first NY based Caribbean TV producers, to be awarded a USA Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-6) for outstanding contribution to the Diaspora. CLM TV also enjoyed about a year long broadcast deal with WSVI TV in the US Virgin Islands where programs were aired on Channel 8. In 2010 the team hosted a successful Sports Symposium about The Legacy of the Beijing Olympics, Sports Tourism and Brand Jamaica at the Schomburg Center that attracted international coverage on CBC TV in Canada, USA Today and Reuters news agency. “The story of the Caribbean Diaspora must be told regardless of whether it has a voice on CIN TV or not” co-producer Anthony Turner said. “The CLM TV team may be down but we are not out. We have a quality product. We are currently in negotiations with other entities to find a new home. We owe it to our loyal viewers” he indicated.