Mello FM buys Gleaner Building in Montego Bay
Mello FM owner Cornwall Broadcasting Media Group says it has acquired the building that housed The Gleaner Western Bureau at 9 Kings Street in Montego Bay, St James.
In a news release on Monday, the company said the move will position Mello as an "even bigger player in the local media landscape".
The building will be rebranded The Mello Media Centre, said the release, adding that the move forms part of the company’s strategic outlook to become a full-fledged media production company which offers, news, sports, entertainment and local content.
“We have been operating at our Barnett Street location since our inception in 2003,” said Al Robinson, chairman and chief executive officer of Cornwall Broadcasting Media Group.
“At the time we were a community radio station, therefore, suitable for what we wanted. But, we have since outgrown that location and as such we purchased the building that housed the Gleaner Western Bureau,” Robinson continued. “The new building will help us to build out our Mello TV services and invest in aditional digital technology to have a full-fledged news centre for all our operations. It will also facilitate us to capitalize on technologies such as fibre optics, 4k HD TV production and other modern equipment owing to the fact that it is a larger location.”
Cornwall Broadcasting Cpmpany operates three radio stations – Mello FM; Energy FM, formerly HOT 102FM; and RIDDIM FM, a reggae only station which covers western and Central Jamaica.
The company also has Mello TV - which it said will soon air news, current affairs, weather and sports and can be viewed on Flow, Digicel Play, ReadyTV and Cornwall Communications Cable - and publishes the Mandeville Weekly and Jamaica Weekly newspapers.
“The new location will also help us to further revolutionise media in Jamaica through our digital offerings and cutting edge technology. It will also help us to present news and local content in a fearless, accurate and balanced way while still maintaining the strong Mello brand,” Robinson stated.
He said the new facility will also enable the company to serve its customers in Montego Bay more effectively because of its central location.
“Another benefit is that it will allow our customers and other partners to visit our location to conduct business in greater comfort as there will be more space to facilitate parking. We expect to start operating from the new location within three months and the new office will enable us to improve our all round customer service delivery. We are now in the heart of downtown Montego Bay which will facilitate us to serve the city, and by extension the country even better,” he said.