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99.9FM accuses BTP of withholding information

~ Says station deliberately sabotaged ~

SIMPSON BAY--Veteran broadcaster Eddie Williams has charged that Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) St. Maarten has refused to identify the source of what he called "deliberate sabotage" against his station 99.9 BreakFM.

In a brief to the media on Thursday, Williams said BTP, for over a year, "has not come across clean on frequency interference that has plagued 99.9FM. Our frequency was being jammed, deliberate sabotage, conclusion by BTP and our own technical consultants. Yet BTP refuses to identify the source with a direct result of revenue loss and opportunities."

Furthermore, Williams said the Minister of Telecommunications Ted Richardson was officially informed in August 2013 with a request for an inquiry based on the fact that "BTP presented us with a bogus report, designed to deliberately mislead us." To date, Williams continued, the minister has not responded nor acknowledged receiving the request presented in August.

On the station's Website, it was also mentioned that all the powers that be at BTP are aware of the situation, including Director Anthony Carty, Chief Operations Officer Giovanni King, Head Technical Department Sidney de Weever and Michael Angelo Moeslikan.

"Thirty years of radio broadcasting in St. Maarten have been challenging and rewarding. Rewarding in the sense that a key role was being fulfilled in public awareness; challenging to make the most of the limited options available. The government of the then Netherlands Antilles and its institutions cooperated to ensure that our operations were free of technical road blocks; advertising clients and the public, without whom we would not exist, inspired us to produce quality output," Williams said.

"Against this positive background we acknowledge with regret, that the regulatory body has not met expectations. Perhaps we expected too much. Gone is the sense of cooperation, to ensure maximum service to clients, and with that, integrity also thrown out," he added.

Neither officials at BTP nor the minister could be reached on Thursday night for clarification.

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