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Programme Profile

Programme Name: Nationwide

Programme Hosts: Cliff Hughes, Carol Narcisse, Carol Vassall

Programme 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.

About the Hosts:

Cliff Hughes, 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 1998.

Carol Vassall, 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.

Carol Narcisse 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 and Wednesdays.

Programme email: nationwide106@hotmail.com

Telephone nos. 968-4901-3

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