Selling Caribbean TV Network From the Island of Newark
(New York Times) — A lot of questions come to mind at the four-story brick building on Park Place with all those pictures of Bob Marley on the walls. What is a television network about all things Caribbean that is seen in 26 islands doing in Newark? What made a former corporate lawyer and clerk for a federal judge think he could create a reggae-inflected channel often described as the MTV of the Caribbean? What’s the deal with that catchphrase, “Badness outta style”? Is there something going on here beyond an oddly situated business enterprise? The answers begin and end with Frederick A. Morton, who grew up in St. Croix, V.I., with parents from Nevis, speaks with a rich Caribbean lilt, and willed into existence Tempo Networks, which reaches three million people via cable providers with names like Cable Bahamas Ltd., TDS Curacao and Karib Cable Communications.