Glenn Goes "Independent" - But Is It For Real?
If the Amandala, Reporter, Belize Times and Guardian are not enough for you - welcome to the club. Glenn Tillett, a former editor of the Amandala says it was not enough for him either. So he's started his own paper, the Independent he told us what vacuum it will fill in the market:..
Glenn Tillett, the Independent Newspaper
"It is a reluctant return. There are health concerns - personal health concerns. The physical toll is daunting to say the least and could be devastating, but I am an ink stain scribe, I cannot describe myself as any other."
"I feel that there are many areas of our lives here in Belize that are basically not covered in the newspapers especially arts and culture, entertainment, business, finance and social happenings."
"Because you have appeared in previous media incarnations as an opposition media person, the allegation or accusation would be that it's just a PUP newspaper in another clothing."
"Based off recently history I suppose it would be warranted but in all such things time will tell, the truth will be out."
"The National Perspective - I didn't see it on Friday, I am told it is terminally ill. So is this a replacement for the National Perspective in the PUP matrix?"
"I suppose for some it's coincidental, for me its serendipity."
"But is one thing related to the other. Are the people who backed the Perspective now going to back the Independent?"
"No, the Independent is backed by me, by my good friend Joe Coye, who has been my partner in many of my endeavors and the general city of my relatives. There is not a single cent of Lord Ashcroft's money in the Independent."
"Will you be picking up other writers such as the elusive "Gordon Smith" from the Perspective?"
"I don't know about Gordon Smith Jules, but I do intend to introduce an entire new cadre of writers to Belize."
"Will you be able to be as the masthead declares "independent?""
"I am not only optimistic and I am not only confident, I am very determine that I will be independent."
"So we can hold you to that?"
Turns out The National Perspective which we mentioned in that story - has not gone out of business. The paper sent a release this evening which says the National Perspective will be going "GREEN". The paper will be launched its new electronic newspaper version formatted in the model of an actual newspaper which will be distributed by via emails. It hopes to distribute two editions weekly.