BayFM have replaced its president Nyck Jeanes, after what Station Manager, Philip Shine, says was confusion around Mr Jeanes’s personal views, and those of the station.
A statement provided to The Echo reads, ‘The BayFM Management Committee requested that Nyck Jeanes stand down as President of BayFM’.
‘Nyck agreed and chose the timing to do this. Nyck also chose to leave the Management Committee altogether.
‘We respect his right to do so. Nyck will continue to present his show North Coast Positive. Nyck has not been censored’.
Former BayFM Vice President, Hudson Birden, is now Acting President.
BayFM Station Manager, Philip Shine, told The Echo, ‘BayFM is an essential community service, particularly in times such as this, providing accurate news and information to our community’.
‘Despite being classified as essential, BayFM has no guaranteed future. We rely on the goodwill and generosity of our community for our ongoing existence.
‘So as BayFM station management, we are charged with fairly representing the whole of the Byron Shire community.
‘In his role as BayFM President, Nyck Jeanes has been effectively the chief representative of the station. However Nyck’s own views – as expressed in his show North Coast Positive – while being part of the diversity we encourage, are not the views of the station generally. This situation was leading to confusion for everyone’.
Mr Jeanes was approached for comment but declined.