Local television producer Danielle Dieffenthaller is expressing cautious optimism about plans to wind up Caribbean New Media Group and re-launch Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT).
Dieffenthaller is one of the creative minds behind the successful local soap opera “Westwood Park” which ran from 1997 to 2004. Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie announced Cabinet’s decision on this matter last month. He said the new TTT will focus on local programming and Government information.
While Dieffenthaller supported the intention to increase local content on television, she said, “To say the least...we have not seen or heard of the entire plan nor do we know what the budget consideration is.” She also said no one knows, “what the selection process will be or who will be on charge of this.” Dieffenthaller also said no mention has been made about “the plan for sustainability” of the new entity.
She opined, “If the wrong people from another century are going to try to go backwards, then this is a futile endeavour.” She reiterated while the talk is welcome and long overdue, “if they’re not walking the talk, then it’s just talk.” Diffenthaller said the Filmmakers Collaborative of TT will be expressing its views on the plan in due course.