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Hosts: Cliff Hughes, Carol Narcisse, Carol Vassall
Description: Nationwide is a current affairs magazine programme
broadcast on Mondays to Fridays from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. The programme
seeks to be on the cutting edge of news reporting backed by in-depth
comment and incisive analysis. Its guiding creed is embodied in
the words, 'go where the truth leads'.
Nationwide's flagship features are its major newscasts at 5 pm and
6 pm, Cover Story, The Nation's Business and Public Opinion. These
constitute a solid mix of hard news, current affairs and sports,
and lifestyle issues.
In the four years since its birth, Nationwide has carved out a reputation
for breaking major stories, fearless news analysis and commentary,
penetrative interviews and up-to-the-minute coverage of news events.
It is also now viewed as required listening for policy makers, the
thinking Jamaican who has an interest in public affairs and leaders
of the socio-economic and cultural spheres of national life.
the chief host and executive producer of Nationwide, has brought
a wealth of knowledge and experience to the programme, having spent
over 16 years in the Jamaican media. He started out as a trainee
announcer at Radio Jamaica Ltd, RJR, where he worked in the sports
and news departments. Hughes later assumed the position of Head
of television news at Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, JBC , at
the age of 29, making him the youngest person in Jamaica and the
wider Caribbean ever to hold such a position.
He hosted his first talk show, Perspective, on JBC television in
1992, and his continued passion for this genre of programming resulted
in the birth of Nationwide, which hit the airwaves in September
with over 23 years of experience as a civil lawyer, contributes
to the depth of analysis for which Nationwide is reputed, when she
co-hosts the programme on Thursdays and Fridays with Hughes. She
is fairly new to the field of talk radio, having served as club
member of Hot 102's Breakfast Club for over a year, before joining
the Nationwide team in March 2002.
She came to media attention when she spoke out against the injustices
in the coffee industry on talk shows, as an advocate for the Jamaica
Coffee Growers' Association. Vassall is still passionately solution-oriented
, and she believes that through her role as co-host of Nationwide
she can contribute to solutions to many of the country's problems.
brings to Nationwide a unique depth of understanding of human behaviour
, having spent over 17 years in the teaching profession, (particularly
in the area of special education) conducted extensive research and
advocacy on issues related to gender equity and co-ordinated numerous
social and community development projects in the island. She is
also heavily involved in mental health advocacy through 'Mensana'
a mental health support group.
Narcisse co-hosts the programme with Cliff Hughes on Mondays, Tuesdays