Max Hurst Banned From Observer Newsco

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The managing director of Observer Newsco has banned Chief of Staff Lionel Max Hurst from the radio station.

Algernon Serpent Watts who is also an opposition politician, says he has had enough of the misinformation spread by Hurst.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the Observer cannot dictate who its spokes person is.

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  1. I hope Darren, Dave, the editor and the board won’t stand with that decision from the ghost managing director. Observer should be independent and impartial.

    • What is being BANNED? In the first place Max Hurst report on the Cabinet notes should be carried on ABS radio the national radio station that is paid for by taxpayers. Even the Prime Minister will make official government policy pronouncements on radio stations other than the national radio station. It is ridiculous and wrong.

      • Still not a single comment from Charles Tabor on thr *26 ACRES* of farmland that his fellow UPP candidate, Algernon Watts, has abadndoned, mismanged and WASTED!!!!!!!

        Tabor why wasn’t that story about the 26 ACRES reported in the Daily Observer or Observer Radio news? I am sure you saw the photos and Algernon never denied the facts. His excuse was that Lovell told him the UPP is going into campaign mode, so he had to NEGLECT the 26 ACRES of farmland.

        What say you?

  2. “Observer radio has decided to TRAMPLE ON FREE SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION…the HYPOCRISY is glaring and blinding!” Massiah continued, “it can now be officially confirmed that the Faithful Nationals, the Movement and Observer/NewsCo exist for one sole reason – to pursue their ill-fated mission to attempt to resuscitate a near comatose UPP…”

    • ABS IS IS FUNDED BY TAX-PAYERS AND IS THE ABLP MOUTHPIECE. NO OPPOSITION ALLOWED.
      OBSERVER IS A PRIVATE ENTITY.
      OBSERVER IS THE MOST POPULAR STATION IN ANTIGUA. THE PRIME MINISTER HAS CUT OFF HIS NOSE TO SPITE HIS FACE

      • Please present PROOF that abs sent communication to the “opposition” indicating that “no opposition allowed”. Not hearsay, not rumour peddling but actual PROOF like the text message Darren sent to Max and Anthony Stuart informing them of the decision by the Management of NewsCo.

        The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) learned via a WhatsApp Message from Darren Matthew Ward, Host of the Observer AM, sent to Executive Member Anthony Stuart that “[a] decision was made by the board and management of News1 (sic) that the DNA will not continue to have a dedicated Thursday… so I will not be able to accommodate Ms. Massiah tomorrow…I will be able to accommodate the Party in the future as the situation arises, but not a dedicated day as has been the case.”

        Waiting for the PROOF……….

  3. Has the founder, WINSTON DERRICK, ever banned anyone from his radio station? He must be rolling over in his grave. Look how his legacy in shambles because of a 🐍
    So much for “ALL ideas must contend”

    Byron Derrick a fu you fault.

  4. Is that what we call Freedom of Speech? I mean if you believe Max is telling lies then you should come with the truth. And let the people decide whom they want to believe,

    • Can any and any body phone in to Pointe FM? Up to last Saturday colin Browne cut off a man because he phoned in with questions for Gaston that Colin didn’t like. If you ask me Observer is overly generous to let all those labour operatives on the station.

      • He did NOT cut him off. The caller wrapped up and said that was all. ANYONE is welcome to call in.

        Franz is the one who likes to cut off people!!!! The UPP reps like to go on radio shows that do not have a call-in segment where they can take questions from the public. The PM welcomes the opportunity to interact and dialogue with the people

        • Colin cut him off and even told him that Pointe Fm was not Observer. And by the way is the opposition allowed on ABS, the radio station that Antiguan taxpayers are paying for? You and Gaston should tell Mrs. Brathwaite that even though she is a known labour supporter, all political parties should be allowed on the public radio station. Max Hurst has a radio station, Pointe FM.

          • I went back and listened to the video on Facebook and the caller did NOT get cut off!!! Stop peddling the LIES.

  5. I am no fan of Max. I think he has an issue with telling the unadulterated truth, however to ban him I think is a mistake. His lies actually give the UPP ammunition IMO

  6. PERFECT! I for one don’t need to hear his Lie-NO-HELL word salad of how well his Prime Minister is doing such a marvelous job. Still the population can’t get water 24/7.

    ABS on a media blitz. Spreading half truths about how well the situation has improved. Get Burford a one way ticket back to the land of SKA! Tell he come EAST and he will see. Nobody can water dem garden because they dehydrated!

        • Dialect is part of the culture in Antigua and Barbuda 🇦🇬 maybe you done sellout u flag and the culture watered down and wash outta you because u pledge allegiance to a foreign state, but we patriotic Antiguans embrace the dialect passed on to us by our ancestors. You can’t censor arwee lakka how Newsco CENSOR Darren ward , DNA and ABLP!

          No way. Joark ur mek!

  7. Serpent is a GHOST MANAGING DIRECTOR. The decision was made by KNIGHT who is a MAJOR SHAREHOLDER in Observer. Knight believe that No member of ABLP should be on Observer. It is all about politics. It does not matter because ABLP has POINTE FM , WTP FM and part of ZDK. Radio. Darren Mathew Ward is also censored. Observer is now totally UPP. It does not matter because the results of 2023 election as follows .

    ABLP. 17 SEATS

    UPP. 00 SEAT ( SIX CANDIDATES WILL lose deposits)

    DNA. 00 SEAT ( ALL CANDIDATES WILL LOSE THEIR DEPOSITS)

    BARBUDA. 00. SEAT.

    Landslide Victory for ABLP.

  8. Until opposition members can have access to ABS Max not no ALP members should go on observer.

    It’s the same station they wanna close yet get most of their promotion from.

    Good decision. Bout time.

    • Please present PROOF that abs sent communication to the “opposition” indicating that “no opposition allowed”. Not hearsay, not rumour peddling but actual PROOF like the text message Darren sent to Max and Anthony Stuart informing them of the decision by the Management of NewsCo.

      The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) learned via a WhatsApp Message from Darren Matthew Ward, Host of the Observer AM, sent to Executive Member Anthony Stuart that “[a] decision was made by the board and management of News1 (sic) that the DNA will not continue to have a dedicated Thursday… so I will not be able to accommodate Ms. Massiah tomorrow…I will be able to accommodate the Party in the future as the situation arises, but not a dedicated day as has been the case.”

      Waiting for the PROOF……….

  9. Observer Radio has MAJOR internal problems. This is so Huge that Observer might NOT be around for the latter part of this year. Knight does NOT like Darren Matthew Ward. A little fly on the wall told me that Darren Matthew Ward can quit at anytime. Major trouble ahead. Stay tuned.

    • POINTE FM has so many internal problems.
      Remember the leaked tapes. Who threatened to shoot who.
      The General Manager of POINTE FM left the station and Gaston did not even know.
      When you want trouble and bacchanal check POINTE FM

  10. It is a burning shame to hear Darren Matthew Ward asked Damani Tabor questions on Friday. Darren should introduce Tabor and let Him talk for the half hour. Darren morning program would not last the next Three months.

  11. Why shut people down because they have a differing viewpoint than others?

    Our democracy is based on freedom of speech, and wars were fought to allow this to happen.

    As long as FOS is spoken in a educated and responsible manner that doesn’t incite harm or crime; then FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A RIGHT FOR ALL, AND NOT A PRIVILEGE FOR THE FEW …

  12. It’s about time they ban that old fart… all he does is lie and spread false propaganda, I mean if he can tell Darren that his job is to “slander” and “destroy his political opponents reputation” then why should they allow him on the station. IF HE HAS NOTHING GOOD TO SAY, KEEP OUT! Simple.

  13. The Government should take back Serpent 26 acres of farmland. Serpent is a DISGRACE to farming. The garbage that is on Serpent Farmland as follows..

    OLD TOILETS

    OKD TIRES

    OLD CHAIRS

    And lots more too numerous to be listed.

  14. Some of you a really laborites but it bad you all are the same one the government tear gas last year and now want to have some thing to say old ppl say dwag always go back to it vomit 🤢 I don’t expect any better from some of you. Since ALP Got into to they have been in more money laundering than any government I have heard about. And out prime Minister that thinks he is God he must remember what one spits out into the air must come back and bit you in the ass soon

    • The “protestors” DID NOT RECEIVE PERMISSION to engage in the activity. You can’t abandon law and order and try to be wrong and strong.

      NO PERMISSION
      NO PERMISSION
      NO PERMISSION

  15. what a CREDIBLE mover by the SELF-PROCLAIMED “ONLY” “INDEPENDENT MEDIA” in Antigua and Barbuda. No more “Let There Be Light”. It is now “Let There Be Censorship”.

    It is no coincidence that Daren chose C-E-N-S-O-R-S-H-I-P as his word-of-the day the Monday after they dragged him into a sunday meeting DICTATING to him to bann Max!

    I hope this same media house will not dare have anything to say on World Press Freedom Day.

    #HYPOCRISY #CENSORSHIP #DICTATORSHIP

  16. no surprise here to see a UPP candidate STIFLING DEMOCRACY.

    “Serpent MUST separate himself from editorial decisions! ~Mickel Brann

    “Immediately, a clear and concise statement from Serpent indicating he is an owner and programme host, but he will be removed from programming and newsroom decisions, and be seen to be REMOVED FROM these PROGRAMMING DECISIONS, should happen. And then he should let his word be his bond.
    “The Daily Observer itself needs an editorial statement and they need to recommit to FAIR AND BALANCED news process and they need to be seen to be doing that REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE OWNER SITS and what their editorial i.e. their opinion is,” Brann added.

    https://antiguanewsroom.com/video-serpent-unleashed/

    Too bad he didn’t take the advice of the Former Editor of Daily Observer, Mickel Brann

  17. I hardly tune in to observer these days. Too much bias programs, as such, they have lost their impartial approach to media coverage and so on.
    Serpent is an ass!!!
    He’s a damm nincompoop

    • observer NEVER HAD any “impartial” approach. They always had an axe to grind and still do against the Laboour Party. and that is their choice to grind that axe, but please don’t PRETEND to be impartial while they’re at it.

  18. Listen up!
    Lies and Deception No more on Observer from Linohell Hurst. Sent packing for his Lies.
    This is one could win an Award!!
    Max Hurst said on Darren show when asked about the Tear Gas on at the spread out against the forced vaccination August 8th 2021. He told Darren”Demonstrators showed up with stones” .That was a big fat lie”.
    “Bye Max Tap Lie, a lying tongue you know the rest , you always in a church . Shame church nar work you till a lie.

    Congratulations to Serpent and his Team Observer -Newsco providing Reliable News to World. Bye Max you are out!! No More

    • Which political party was taken to court for telling lies on their opponents and lost the case? You guys are bunch of idiotic fools. Do you know what you called someone a dictator and then turn around and ban someone for their own opinions? You are nothing but butt licking political idiots. How in gods name you can condone such ridiculous nonsense by so called independent person. It’s doesn’t matter your political affiliation it’s fucking damn wrong. If you feel someone is spouting ignorance and lies don’t listen. You’ll like lacks decency, integrity and honesty. Wrong is Wrong. Just imagine that this same person was to get in power and if you dear to criticize him cause you have a different opinion. His goons will be knocking on your doors. Politics is about different views and not this dictatorship.

  19. Well col oneal would know plenty bout cursesader
    I don’t think its censorship
    Sometimes I want to permanently turn off my radio just listening to max & gaston & molwyn
    Sometimes serpant irritates me too, knowitall who conveniently reports some info and not all, in order to create drama
    They all manipulate the narrative to get what they want

  20. When ppl can’t get on abless no problem, observer is a private company they do as they like with their station. Let max go point f m or go by chet Greene radio

    • Please present PROOF that abs sent communication to the “opposition” indicating that “no opposition allowed”. Not hearsay, not rumour peddling but actual PROOF like the text message Darren sent to Max and Anthony Stuart informing them of the decision by the Management of NewsCo.

      The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) learned via a WhatsApp Message from Darren Matthew Ward, Host of the Observer AM, sent to Executive Member Anthony Stuart that “[a] decision was made by the board and management of News1 (sic) that the DNA will not continue to have a dedicated Thursday… so I will not be able to accommodate Ms. Massiah tomorrow…I will be able to accommodate the Party in the future as the situation arises, but not a dedicated day as has been the case.”

      Waiting for the PROOF……….

      • I don’t believe there is any proof that ABS sent “commmunication to the opposition indicated that no opposition allowed”. Wha a lie. What a stink. Phew. PROOF, please. Otherwise just stop your lies.

  21. POINTE FM has so many internal problems.
    Remember the leaked tapes. Who threatened to shoot who.
    The General Manager of POINTE FM left the station and Gaston did not even know.
    When you want trouble and bacchanal check POINTE FM

    • You can try to deflect but it won’t work. Observer is now in overdrive CENSORSHIP MODE!!!!!

      Desperate times call for Desperate measures. This is what happens when a UPP candidate knows that his party will LOSE!!!!!

      • Could you tell me why the UPP IS NOT ALOWED ON ABS?
        Further, weren’t you one of those trying to have OBSERVER closed down!

        • Please present PROOF that abs sent communication to the “opposition” indicating that “no opposition allowed”. Not hearsay, not rumour peddling but actual PROOF like the text message Darren sent to Max and Anthony Stuart informing them of the decision by the Management of NewsCo.

          The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) learned via a WhatsApp Message from Darren Matthew Ward, Host of the Observer AM, sent to Executive Member Anthony Stuart that “[a] decision was made by the board and management of News1 (sic) that the DNA will not continue to have a dedicated Thursday… so I will not be able to accommodate Ms. Massiah tomorrow…I will be able to accommodate the Party in the future as the situation arises, but not a dedicated day as has been the case.”

          Waiting for the PROOF……….
          Where is your PROOF?

          Yeah that’s what I thought. You’re a big joke like Lovell Limpy Joe King Lyadd and the Wilmoth Daniel STRIPPER POLE BUS 🚌

  22. People there is so such things as an independent media. The media always had an agenda. Well maybe ANR is the only free media.

    • Exactly! So why does Observer/NewsCo like to boast and brag that it is INDEPENDENT?? It is so “independent” that the story about Algernon Watts and the *26 ACRES* of farmland that he mismanaged and keeps in such a NASTY, WUTLISS LAKKA CUTLISS, DIRTY, FILTHY state did NOT make Observer news (neither radio or newspaper). Everyone knows that if it was a candidate for the DNA or ABLP that NewsCo would have had it all over the Big Issues program and invite all kinda “experts” to degrade this person. But because it was UPP candidate/NewsCo owner, the story was never given the light of day at Observer.

      Gemma must have gotten a strong warning. Poor she. Hope she does not allow Algernon to use her as a “journalistic prosititute” for a “news media pimp owner”.

      Gemma u better watch out and choose wisely. Same goes for Darren Matthew Ward. The management at NEwsCo big mad that PEter Wickhama and Arvel Grant told the truth about lovell: he should RETIRE and “Lovell is a SPENT FORCE”.

  23. I agree 💯%. Enough is enough. Ward needs to be evicted too. Everybody have their opinion, YES! but hosts need to be or even appear to be unbiased , and he is not!
    Now I can listen to Observer again.

    • Do you think anybody is still listening to Observer Radio? They have a tiny percentage of the Antigua listenership, especially since they start Putin-like CENSORship. Disgusting.

  24. Will Darren agree to the ban?

    The word of the day is censorship?

    The ship is starting to rock let’s see who falls off next.

  25. When this Station(Observer) had there issues with the Administration.Where the hell were you Labor Party People? They went through hell and back to get the Station License.This Administration did put up many stumbling blocks to deter the continuation of broadcasting by Observer. When Observer Radio had their Goodwill Day.How many of you dug into pockets to help out financially. Now you, ballsless, spineless, gutless, menless people of straws are telling Observer what they should and should not do.I did give Observer a few pennies on that Goodwill Day.If they need monies at anytime,my checkbook is at the ready.Keep those damn bastards,and B–ches in Red Suits off this,the most popular Radio Station in all of the Caribbean.Go on Chet Greene Station and spread your slimes.How did he get a license to operate his Station without stumbling blocks? I forgot,he is a COMRADE.

    • no one is denying that given the history, Observer still have the labour party “in dem tummock”, but oh guide jack TAP PRETEND FU BE INDEPENDENT when you know you are not!!!!!

    • You are full of bile. I hope you realize that politics is a numbers game, and because Antigua/Barbuda is a small place either side of the political divide needs from time to time to attract members from either side to form the majority. “Keep those damn bastards,and B–ches in Red Suits off this,” with statements like that how do you win them over? You would be in agreement with the decision to keep Max off , because you seem to have the very same mind set. This is something I hear so many persons who support the UPP with. You guys aren’t helping the UPP you’re turning away people.

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