GBN is the largest media network in Grenada. It is jointly owned by the Caribbean Communications Network with 60% shareholding and the Government of Grenada with 40%. Grenada has a population of just about 100,000.
The company consists of two radio stations – Klassic Radio and Sun FM and a television station – GBN Television.
Klassic Radio transmits on AM 535 and FM 105 and is received throughout Grenada and its neighbouring islands. It’s programming can be termed “traditional radio – classics, soft music, talk/call-in and community announcements.
This station has an overall 43% of the radio listening public tuning in as against its nearest rival with just 21% (based on the last media survey done by Cable and Wireless Grenada).
Klassic Radio is the soul of Grenada as many of the population own AM-only radios and use radio as their only source of news, information and entertainment.
Sun FM – 98.5 was introduced in 1999. Its format is officially listed as “Rhythm & Blues”. The programming however is not strictly Rhythm & Blues – and rightly so as its large under 25 following has been appreciating its more Reggae/Hip-Hop/Rap style, hence the good showing in the survey. This station has tremendous potential as “young Grenada” seeks to establish itself as a presence in the society – a society which like many small Caribbean states is rapidly being influenced by northern tastes in music. Sun came third out of the seven existing radio stations in the last media survey. Recently Sun’s transmission strength has increased in power by over 100% resulting in increased reach as far as the islands of Carraicou and Petit Martinique in the north.
GBN Television transmits on channels 7 & 11. These two channels cover almost all areas of Grenada and Carraicou. The station’s programming which previously contained over 80% foreign shows has recently been boosted with the inclusion of more local news and current affairs type programmes. The aim is to dramatically increase the local programming content by the end of 2001. The nightly local newscast at 7:00 is the most viewed television programme in the country – it’s where Grenada gets its nightly news.