By: Monique Spence
Though Cayman 27 is newly owned by Hurley’s Media Ltd, it has no plans on making any new changes to the channels programming at the moment.
On Monday, 27 July, it was announced that the affiliate of Hurley’s Entertainment acquired the television station from TV and internet service provider, Logic.
“We were advised that Logic was looking to divest Cayman 27 last year,” said Hurley’s Entertainment Managing Director Randy Merren. It was during the final months of last year that discussions about purchasing the television station began.
Hurley’s Media Ltd then sought the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA), the regulatory body of telecommunications, broadcasting, and radio, for license to conduct business and to approve the deal, which included the sale of CITN Cayman 27, Island 24 and Discover Cayman.
Mr Merren told The Cayman Reporter there are certain changes that will eventually have to be made due to requirements in the license issued by the ICTA. But in the meantime, “We don’t plan to make any changes to the content that’s already being offered at the moment,” he stated.
Hurley’ Entertainment already consists of local radio stations Z99FM and Rooster 101.9FM. TV broadcasting will be its latest addition to the group.
The company has announced there will be redundancies on both sides. All CITN staff will be given redundancy packages. Those who stay on as Hurley’s Media Ltd staff will have negotiated contracts.
Bermuda-based KeyTech, the parent company of WestTel Limited (Logic Cayman) acquired the station when it bought out Cable TV provider WestStar in 2014. Hurley’s Media Ltd is the third owner of the TV station within the past four years.
The organisation stated Cayman 27 and Island 24 will continue to air on their respective Logic TV channels, which will continue to include local advertisements.
Although it will be business as usual for the TV station, it will also be relocating from the site it has been operating at for over two decades. Its new centre will be at 18 Forum Lane, Camana Bay. Mr Merren predicts that by the end of the year staff will be able to get situated at this new site.
Meanwhile, the television station is arranging a temporary set up at Regatta Office Park on West Bay Road. As a result of this move, the station said viewers are to expect some “temporary disruption to live local programming on Cayman 27 over the next couple of days.”
The station announced Mr Merren is asking that people not confuse Hurley’s Entertainment and Hurley’s Media Ltd with cable and Internet provider, C3, which he says is operating “completely separately” from the two entities.