As stated by Barbados Today, the Barbados Association of Journalists and Media Workers (BARJAM) will be challenging the decision of Starcom Network Inc, to part ways with its president, Keith Goddard.
Sources at the River Road, St Michael organisation revealed that during a recent meeting with top management, the senior journalist was informed that his services would no longer be required.
It is understood that during a meeting in late April, newsroom staff were informed of the company’s intention to promote Goddard, a senior freelance reporter and two junior reporters to staff-level newsroom positions.
Another senior staffer was also offered a new role but the terms seemed more unfavourable when compared with the existing position. Sources say Goddard raised some concern about the impact of the move on the livelihood of his colleague and the smooth functioning of the newsroom.
Days later, the BARJAM president informed management of his intention to take a few days off to attend to personal matters. When he returned to the River Road station on May 7, Goddard was called into a meeting with management and instead of offering him the promised staff contract, he was told that his services were no longer required. At the time, he was reportedly told that his separation from the company was a consequence of his objections to the expressed plans of management.
There is no word on the impact of the saga on the other senior journalist, but that personality’s presence has been noticeably absent from the airwaves.