Anonymous Allegations Lead to Audit of V.I. Public TV

Tanya-Marie Singh testifies before the Senate in 2016. (File photo)
Tanya-Marie Singh testifies before the Senate in 2016. (File photo)

An anonymous current or former employee of V.I. Public Television WTJX has circulated a letter accusing WTJX Executive Director Tanya Marie Singh of a laundry list of misdeeds, from misusing funds, spending excessively on personal travel and dining and fostering a difficult working environment.

Singh has worked at WTJX for many years and replaced Osbert Potter as executive director when Potter was elected as Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s lieutenant governor.

The six-page unsigned letter is addressed to Sen. Janelle Sarauw. Metadata indicates it was written February 11.

Reached for comment on the allegations, Singh referred questions to WTJX Board Chair Raul Carrillo, who said the claims have prompted an investigation and an audit.

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“We had a board meeting this weekend,” to discuss the letter, Carrillo said Tuesday. He confirmed that “on February14, WTJX received an anonymous letter accusing the executive director of various wrongdoings.”

Carrillo said Singh shared the contents to all employees and sent it to the companies auditors.

At its March 24 meeting, the governing board formed an ad hoc committee to review the personnel issues and “report back to the board as they deem needed,” Carrillo said.

The financial concerns have been given to an outside accounting firm to look at, he said.

“We have an annual audit and we have added this to the scope of the audit. … We have asked the auditors to review all the fiscal matters in the letter,” Carrillo said. He said BDO Global, a large, international public accounting and consulting firm, is the auditing firm.

The anonymous author paints a picture of Singh “bullying, intimidating, chastising and disrespecting employees,” to the point where she “has had to replace one-third of her work force each year since becoming CEO.”

He or she claims Singh spends upwards of $300 per week on airfare, consuming almost the entire travel budget for the small station.

Several current and/or former WTJX employees, speaking on condition of anonymity, corroborated some of the broader complaints, primarily excessive spending on dining and fostering a difficult work environment. They could not confirm specific allegations of misuses of funds however.

“They left out that she uses the vehicles as if they were her own, spending thousands in gas money,” one person said. That person also said Singh pits employees against one another.

Others partially disagreed and defended Singh.

One person said Singh tended to spend excessively but before she became executive director “Potter was a moderating influence. He understood the line that needed to be drawn.”

Regarding bullying, one person said, “When Tanya gets on the warpath she would definitely get heated. But I wouldn’t call her a bully.”

All of the current and/or former employees willing to speak to the Source said they did not know who wrote the letter.

While Carrillo said he would have “no further comments until the audit report is completed,” he did suggest he regards at least one of the accusations as inaccurate.

The letter says Kurt Wilson was hired as chief operating officer in the summer of 2016, relocating from Michigan to begin working that August.

“His employment was terminated in October of the same year. The concerning part is that his employment was not terminated for incompetence or failure to perform his duties, but for expressing his concerns regarding several of Ms. Singh’s actions as CEO of the System,” the letter alleges, going on to say Singh “held an emergency board meeting after hours to have him terminated. The result of that meeting was that Mr. Wilson’s term as COO of the System ended, however, the System was still obligated to pay Mr. Wilson a significant portion of his $80,000 salary as well as his relocation expenses back to Michigan.”

But Carrillo said “Wilson resigned. He wasn’t fired.”

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Yet another example of an entitled executive dipping into funds that are not theirs. And anyone who calls them out on it will be dealt with severely (eg. COO from Michigan). No serious person would ever consider coming here if they knew how things run. And if they do come here, they soon find out it is untenable to stay, and remain ethical and honest. The powers that run this place cannot have honest people working for them, and therefore either seek to implicate them in some way, or get rid of the post haste, or the person resigns as soon as they become cognizant of the incompetence and dishonesty of their employers. Whistle Blowers and Anonymous Sources PLEASE continue to expose these thieves.

  2. Mr K Wilson was suspended without pay indefinitely. Rather than subject himself to such madness he resign after he could not get an audience with the board chair.

  3. BDO may be an “international based” company i.e. out of Puerto Rico. But there offices are here on island, I know, because they do my taxes. Let’s go for a real third party audit and not an entity that prob. does accounting for most private EDC biz’s & other politically connected/ wealthy individuals…

  4. If you think this just started in ‘13 guess again. She’s been in charge and had free reign since ‘07 under the auspices of her boss Osbert Potter. Politics makes strange bedfellows and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The board is a sad excuse for a board of directors. Very few have the best interest of VI Public television @ heart. Raul Carrillo is @ the root of the problem. He is the “fixer”.Bring in a real 3rd party audit. Bring in the IG office and dig back to ‘06 and you’ll see the mess that’s been going on.

  5. If you think this just started in ‘13 guess again.” Napoleona” the little bully with a pen has been in charge and had free reign since ‘07 under the auspices of her boss, Osbert Potter.He brought her in, promoted her to #2, taught her the ropes and turned her loose. Love long enough and you’ll see that Politics makes strange bedfellows and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The board is a sad excuse for a board of directors. Very few have the best interest of VI Public television @ heart. Raul Carrillo is @ the root of the problem. He is the “fixer”.Bring in a real 3rd party audit. Bring in the IG office and dig back to ‘06 and you’ll see it’s been going on for a long time.

  6. I have seen WTJX-FM employees cower in fear of TMS. In addition to her dark management style, she knows nothing about radio and how a good station serves its community.
    If WTJX -FM does not broadcast local information, we don’t need it, especially at a time when territorial budgets are stretched thin. If there is no local VI news or weather, why not just turn your phone to WNYC, the fine NPR station in New York and save the territory the money it contributes to the operation. Where is the benefit to the community?…. or is it just another political jobs boondoggle?

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