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Contact: John Emmanuel

Wednesday, February 06, 2002 - Viewers of the National Television Network (NTN) will be in for a treat as the public service broadcast network will embark on a series of special programmes in observance of St. Lucia’s 23rd anniversary of Independence beginning Thursday, February 7, 2002.

Principal Information Officer at the Government Information Service Roger Joseph says the special programming will track the island’s development over the years up to the present time. He says programming begins from 9 pm on Thursday with a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) produced documentary entitled ‘Vive Sainte Lucie,’ which examines the road towards independence.

“We have attempted as much as possible to provide a picture of where we were at each stage of our growth over the last 23 years,” said Joseph.

“We have gone into our archives and pulled up programmes that had been produced before, such as ‘St. Lucia At 8’ and ‘St. Lucia At 10’that were produced by Mr. Timothy James who was the Information Officer at the time, and we have quite a bit of footage of various activities that have been held to celebrate independence over the years. What we’re doing is compiling and packaging some of that, providing some kind of introduction and background to what exactly the activity was about and putting it on for persons to see what we looked like then,” he added.

NTN’s Independence Anniversary programming will include too, delayed and live broadcasts of the activities being held for this year’s independence celebrations being held under the theme “Facing the Challenge with Dignity and Pride.”

The first live broadcast will be the annual Sports Awards scheduled for February 16. The other events that will be carried live are the National Ecumenical Service on February 21 and the National Schools Rally on February 22.

All other activities will recorded and broadcast later on the network.


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