In a bid to resume broadcasting by this evening, MTV (Multi Technology Vision) 65 will be using salvaged parts from its fallen antenna to temporarily broadcast at a lower capacity.
Speaking with Stabroek News last night, General Manager of MTV, Raymond Singh explained that the workers were still trying to salvage usable parts from the fallen antenna so they can set up by today to resume broadcasting.
“Hopefully by tomorrow evening [Monday] we will have the tower back up and parts of the antenna to resume broadcasting temporarily,” Singh said, while pointing out that so far, there has been no update on the investigation.
On Thursday night, the broadcasting tower at MTV’s studio in Eccles, Industrial Estate, East Bank Demerara, came crashing to the ground.
While the circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear, upon initial investigations, a bolt cutter was found attached to the end of one of the wires that anchors the tower to the ground from outside of the TV station’s compound.
Speaking with Stabroek News, Paul Bonar, also known as DJ Stress, who said he was doing a live TV programme at the time of the incident, had said that he heard several loud crashes before the monitors turned blue in the studio. “We hear this ba-dang and we jump and I stopped and then more came, bang, bang, bang, bang and then we noticed the monitors went blue and when we came out we saw everything on the ground”, he had recalled.
Singh, had also related that as a result of infrastructural damage, the company will face a setback of some $7-$8M, not counting the amount of money that will be lost from revenue and other repairs to the buildings. He pointed out that the antenna also damaged a neighbour’s fence and nearby shed.