This is an open letter to the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas; and the General Manager of ABS, Erna-Mae Brathwaite. I am humbly asking you to publish it on your website.
Now that the quarantine period is coming to an end for the employees of ABS after one of them tested positive for coronavirus, I would like it to be placed on record that I don’t want to see Garfield Burford back on my television screen.
Over the last several years, we were made to believe that there is no Antigua-born person with the skill and capability to present the evening news. We know that this is not the case and there are local personalities who can do the job.
But this was made even more compelling with the superb job done by R. Anderson Edgehill since Burford has been placed in isolation.
I do not wish to see Burford back on my television screen. His voice is jarring and, frankly, I am tired of the theatrics. Burford is just too full of himself and he is difficult to watch and even more difficult to listen to.
If Burford was brought in to provide training and development for the local talent and after all these years he has not been able to bring anyone up to an acceptable level to anchor the news, then he has FAILED.
I am not saying that Burford is not a great journalist or media professional, but please, if his services are still required at ABS, let him do whatever he has to do in the background.
Please keep Mr. Edghill as the evening news anchor. A word to the wise is sufficient.
I am putting you all on notice that if the ballot box is what it will have to take to get Burford off our local ABS TV and for us to have a local anchor, then by all means keep him there.
An Antiguan with Burford Fatigue