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Apr 22, 2014

Channel 5 blocked from covering 2014 Cross Country Cycling Classic

And now to an unfortunate issue close to home; Channel Five has covered the Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic for twenty-three years, but disappointingly, the tradition was broken this year. We regret that we were not able to bring to our viewers at home as well as regionally and internationally, the energy of the anticipated live broadcast of this major event as well as the side events. Despite every effort to get a level playing field as other media houses, the Dion Leslie led Cycling Federation of Belize demanded that we pay an excessive financial amount, much more than any other media house, to cover the event….and that did not even include the thousands of dollars in aerial and terrestrial footage as well as prizes that we have continuously provided. In the end, tried as we did, the Federation had taken the decision to block this station from the live broadcast as well as from attaining coverage for our Sports Monday, despite our long years of covering all cycling events. Tonight, James Adderly looks back at our history with the Cycling Association and how we reached this juncture under Leslie’s Federation.


James Adderly, Sportscaster

James Adderly

“It all started in 1991, Krohn was then the manager & it was his brilliant idea for us to invest in the annual cross country, since it is the biggest one-day sporting spectacle; it was well received by the public. We decided in 2009, after doing it religiously every year to elevate our production to live coverage.  And in 2014, we decided to build on it. we would have gone the whole way live bringing living color living personalities doing living things on their machine. Unfortunately we were denied that opportunity in 2014. I am disappointed in this Dion Leslie-led Federation to have brought us to this juncture.  The fact is we have keep the sport visible and introduce them to the stars and whenever there is an event like the cross country; we have done a yeoman’s work in terms of trying to make a presentation. We produce very good promotional material, we also usually produce the race to the garland which not only brings the riders in to the living room but it shows the team concept and gives them different aspect of cycling, what a cycling race is really all about.  The Belize Cycling Federation has always approached Great Belize Productions with the need for this media house to pay the anti doping charges which comes up to six thousand five hundred dollars.  In 2012, we opted to buy the second place prize and in 2013 we would give five thousand dollars for the anti doping to cycling federation. The highest anybody else paid was one thousand five hundred dollars, mathematics don’t lie. You can’t single out Channel Five because you think we are making a lot of money.  Our C.E.O. offered two thousand dollars to the cycling federation. They rejected it out of hand. All Channel Five was trying to look for was to have a level playing field and we think and we don’t think we’re mistaken that we have contributed to the sport, immensely every race we bring it to the television viewer. They say we get advertisement, but lawd I guess they don’t know how the television works. So, we didn’t get the level playing field, the decision was made by the executives that we would not participate but the decision had already been made by the cycling federation of Belize that they would not allow Channel Five to be a part of this 2014 cross country cycle classic. They had lawyers; they had police, all that was aimed at Channel Five. I think that was excessive.  A twenty-three year old tradition, of bringing the best in cycling to the Belizeans in their home were denied to them.”


We’ll have more on our weekly sports segment coming up later in our newscast.

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9 Responses for “Channel 5 blocked from covering 2014 Cross Country Cycling Classic”

  1. Historian says:

    Dion Leslie is a jac@$s.

  2. Rod says:

    This is the slow communistic actions of this pm and gov. Enough is enough this pm and gov. Need fu go out with judas barrow he needs to be locked up along with all his family members and cronies .

  3. Fair Justice says:

    This is a shame. Shame on Deon Leslie…Deon dont forget this world is round

  4. sickntired says:

    Dion Leslie da wa big idiot. No all a we can go out to see the race. I mi so vex when i could not see the race properly. The other media people try but it really da neva di same thing as when channel 5 cover it. Mi only consolation is that i neva have to cry fronta the tv di watch foreigners win we race. Somebody please vote out dion leslie. Oh i just rememba he cheat out di bwoy cano who mi di try help out cycling. Belizean betta watch out before we race get jack by corrupt idiots.

  5. alley cat says:

    Communistic??? More like capitalism taken a little too far, all these different sporting associations in Belize are trying to capitalize on broadcasting rights, contracted players etc… While I hope they make money I also hope they don’t over-price their products/services and turn the public off which in turn will only hurt the sport itself.

    Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered.

  6. john eskisofrenico says:

    @Rod: Do you even know what communism is? please research a bit before you comment. Dean Borrow is an arrogant, selfish, capitalist, guided by nepotism and corruption. But nowhere is he a communist.

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why does everything in Belize has to be Political?

  8. Elgin Martinez says:

    What happen to freedom of the Press?,What’s next will Belizeans be denied freedom of speech”?

  9. BELIZEAN @ HEART says:

    freedom of press,or freedom of spech has chanhed in Belize if ur are against the GOB,and them say u are criticising dem they will do anyting to boycutt wat ur doing is right,and we know channel5 has been bringing the udp’s corruptionsssssssssssss to light so that we belizean can see,cause their is no transparency in other media houses,dem afraid fo talk or bring the govt’ corruptions to light…channel 7 dem afrain fi ask the pm in interviews questions that are really affecting Belizeans,and dem ask stupid questions and we continue to get bullied by this arrogant,vindictive udp govt’, in the end the people have the power,POWER TO THE PEOPLE,this stupid udp govt have to goooooooo.

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