Ex-MLA chairs talk show

Former Cabinet Minister Gilbert McLean has put aside the ballot box for broadcasting.

Gilbert McLean

Crosstalk Caymans newest co-host Gilbert McLean. Photo: File

The ex-UDP politician, who most recently ran as an independent in May’s general election, joined Rooster 101.9 FM, is the newest co-presenter for Cayman Crosstalk.

A statement by Hurley’s Entertainment Corporation said that Mr. McLean replaced Joey Ebanks on the three hour phone-in show, which airs weekdays from 7am to 10am.

Speaking to the Caymanian Compass on the eve of his first day in the moderator’s chair, Mr. McLean said that his political career had prepared him well for his latest post.

‘In the world of politics, I’ve done a lot of talking… I’ve something to offer in terms of commentary and analysis about how government functions and the political happenings on the island.’

He said that he looks forward to hearing and responding to listeners about the ‘issues of the day’, and described talk shows, in general and Crosstalk in particular, as playing a vital role in society.

‘Sometimes politicians aren’t happy when sensitive matters are discussed openly in such forums,’ he said.

‘Nevertheless phone-ins, like Crosstalk, provide an invaluable public service for the country.’

Mr. McLean, who will sit alongside host Austin Harris, sees his new role as another way of ‘staying involved with the politics’ locally.

Welcoming the show’s latest recruit, Mr. Harris said: ‘[He] is an eloquent public speaker, and has honed those skills over a lifetime of committed public service.’

The station’s founder and managing director, Randy Merren, said: ‘The programme regularly hosts politically focused discussions ranging from issues of good governance to analysing… proposed legislation.

‘Gilbert’s background and past experience combined with Austin’s dynamic presentation skills can only serve to benefit the wide and growing listening base that Cayman Crosstalk regularly attracts.’

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