Caribbean Broadcasting Union

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The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) founded in 1970 is a not-for-profit association of public service and commercial broadcasters in the Caribbean. Its secretariat is based in Barbados.

Beginning in the mid-1980s, the CBU created several regionally syndicated programmes including CaribScope, Caribbean Newsline, Caribbean News Review, Caribbean Business Weekly, Talk Caribbean, the Caribbean Song Festival, Riddim Express and the CaribVision television news exchange, among other programmes. These were some of the first television programmes to contribute to a nascent regional integration movement[citation needed] and enjoyed wide viewership,[citation needed] particularly CaribScope, a magazine containing arts, cultural and general-interest features submitted by member stations.

Leadership of the association is mainly rotated between representatives of the affiliated media houses. On 9 June 2000 the commercial operations of the CBU and the Caribbean News Agency were merged into the Caribbean Media Corporation, also based in Barbados, which has carried on the business of television production begun by the CBU. The CBU's current mandate includes the facilitation of some broadcast services, representation, and training of the staff of member stations in support of a unified Caribbean community. It holds an Annual General Assembly (AGA) in one of the member nations every August. Member stations are drawn from the 15 member nations of the Caribbean Community, with the exception of Haiti. Other member stations are drawn from Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles, and Cuba.

Members[edit]

Full members[edit]

Country Broadcasting organisation Abbr. Year
 Anguilla Radio Anguilla
 Aruba TeleAruba
 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service ABS
 Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas
 Barbados Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
 Belize Broadcasting Corporation of Belize
Great Belize Productions
 Bermuda Bermuda Broadcasting Company
 Curacao TeleCuracao
 Dominica Dominica Broadcasting
Marpin Television
 Grenada Grenada Broadcasting Corporation
 Guyana Guyana Television Broadcasting
Guyana Broadcasting Corporation
WRHM Television Service
Viera Communications
 Jamaica CVM Television
Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation
Television Jamaica
 Montserrat Radio Montserrat
 Saint Kitts and Nevis ZIZ Radio and Television
 Saint Lucia Cablevision
Helen Television System
Saint Lucia Broadcasting Corporation
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation
 Suriname Surinaamse Televisie Stichting
ATV - Telesur
 Trinidad and Tobago AVM Television
Caribbean Communication Network - TV 6
International Communication Network
Trinidad Broadcasting
Radio Turks and Caicos

Associate members[edit]

Country Broadcasting organisation Abbr. Year
 Canada Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC
 Cuba Cuban Radio and Television under the new constitution
 France Societe Nationale de Radio Television Francaise D'Outre-mer
 Jamaica Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication CARIMAC
The Creative Production & Training Centre Ltd.
Independent Radio Co. Ltd.
Radio Education Unit
 Netherlands Radio Nederland Wereldomroep
 Tortola Department of Information and Public Relations
 Trinidad and Tobago Banyan Ltd.
 United Kingdom British Broadcasting Corporation BBC
 United States Cable News Network CNN
National Association of Broadcasters
Voice of America
 United States Virgin Islands St. Thomas-St. John Cable Television

Non-member affiliates & associates[edit]

Previous presidents of the CBU[edit]

  • 1999 - 2002 Stewart Krohn
  • 1991 - 1999 Vic Fernandes
  • 1987 - 1991 J.A. Lester Spaulding
  • 1984 - 1987 Frits Pengel
  • 1980 - 1984 Terrence Holder
  • 1976 - 1980 Frits Pengel
  • 1975 - 1976 Ron Sanders
  • 1973 - 1975 Leo de Leon
  • 1970 - 1973 Ray Smith

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