Thursday, May 9, 2013
JERSEY - 2014 AND BEYOND - THE RETIREMENT OF ROB SHIPLEY AND CHRIS BRIGHT OF THE JERSEY EVENING POST
"JERSEY 2014 AND BEYOND"
"THE JERSEY EVENING POST"
"THE PENDING RETIREMENT OF EDITOR CHRIS BRIGHT AND DEPUTY EDITOR ROB SHIPLEY"
"ONE GOES IN OCTOBER 2013 - THE OTHER APRIL 2014"
This is the first of a number of postings where I will be looking at the serious issues facing Jersey.
First we must look at the Jersey Evening Post (JEP). This paper has been at the heart of "Island Strife" for a very long time. Jersey has only one newspaper. It has unashamedly been the establishment mouth piece for a very long time. In 2008 it came to the rescue of the establishment when it ridiculed the lead investigator DCO Lenny Harper and his teams investigation into decades long child abuse in the Jersey Care System "Operation Rectangle". The Jersey Evening Post simply trashed the child abuse investigation. This paper has played a huge part in denigrating any politician who dares speaks out or goes against the establishment view.
The actions of the JEP and its shocking level of reporting are too vast to name. One of the biggest crimes that can be levelled at it - next to trashing a child abuse investigation - is its abandonment of the people of Jersey. The JEP, along with all of Jersey's "Main Stream Media" outlets, have let the people of Jersey down. Where are the JEP's investigative journalists? Why haven't they broken any big stories that have held our government to account over all these years? They have simply failed. Jersey has been led down the garden path by a small majority of the ruling elite. The JEP could have exposed and nailed the idiots that have done this.
I don't blame the JEP hacks for this. They deliver what their editors ask for. Why write a piece and submit it if you are only going to be told to rewrite it?
The departure of Chris Bright and Rob Shipley is a huge moment in the history of the Jersey Evening Post. One goes this October the other in April 2014. It is a pivotal moment. The paper, like Jersey, has reached its crossroads. The influence of these two editors can't be underestimated. They have been at the JEP since the 70's. The paper is a laughing stock. It doesn't have to be.
Father Time is catching up with the Jersey old guard. Slowly but surely they are moving on. Are these two editors worried about the up coming Committee of Enquiry into child abuse?
Do not forget how the JEP has played a huge role in Jersey's elections. It shows no shame in backing their chancer. In 2011 they went flat out in promoting former Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache.
This is my first look at 2014 and beyond. I shared a very informative chat with a Deputy today. His political views are different to mine but yet we shared the same concerns about Jersey's future. I hope to be developing some of the issues we spoke about in later postings. Things must change. The JEP has its chance. I hope that someone from outside of Jersey is given the job. I hope they will come with integrity and ambition. A simple ambition of taking the JEP out of the mire it's been swimming in since 1890? Can this be achieved when it depends on advertising and the States of Jersey for survival? only time will tell.
The Frank Walker and Jon Averty influence has been immense on this so called 'NEWS' paper. Have they been pulling the strings of Shipley and Bright all this time?
Jersey has one newspaper. It has a duty to the people of Jersey. Being the only newspaper on the Island of Jersey must come with responsibility. I have heard that the Guernsey Post is not afraid of breaking the hard story.
Jersey 2014 and beyond
We must be open and honest. This is not about being Left - Right or somewhere in the middle. This is about three things coming together.
This is about the Moral, Social and Financial future of Jersey.
These three things must move forward hand in hand
I believe we are on a precipice. We can be blinkered if we like. The Jersey Media must step up like they have never done so before.
The Retirement of Bright and Shipley is the start.
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