The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) was formed in 1970 with a view to stimulating the flow of broadcast material among the Radio and Television systems in the Caribbean region. CBU is the only Pan-Caribbean medium, reaching over 4.8 million people in the Caribbean and millions of others extra-regionally.
In fulfilling its commitment to the deepening of the integration process, CBU functions in both an advocacy and representation role. As a regional institution, it facilitates discussion and analysis that assist in policy formulation on major integration issues.
The member territories and associate member territories of the CBU include Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the US Virgin Islands.
The Annual General Assembly of the CBU is the supreme body. It is the General Assembly which has all the power necessary to achieve the objectives of the Union. It is the Assembly which admits new members and fixes subscriptions, approves the accounts, the budget and the Union’s programme of activity.
It elects a Board who is headed by the President to be responsible for the affairs of the Union, between Assemblies. The current nine-member board is comprised of
- Gary Allen – RJR Group – Jamaica – President
- Amalia Mai – Great Belize Productions – Vice President
- Mrs. Odette Campbell – Grenada Broadcasting Network
- Carlos Camps – Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión – Director
- Lennox Cornette – National Communications Network – Guyana – Director
- Beulah Jonis – St. Maarten Cable Television – Director
- Trevor Parker – Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Systems – Director
- Anthony Shaw – Starcom Network – Barbados – Director
- Diana Swann – Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas – Director
Mr. Gary Allen – CEO of the RJR-Gleaner Group in Jamaica – President (above)
The CBU was originally based at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana and had only part time administration, in the early years.
In 1981 in Jamaica, the General Assembly, in the interest of the broadcasting systems and the people they serve, determined that the Union needed to establish a permanent Secretariat with a full time Secretary General. Barbados offered, and was selected to be the Headquarters. The first Secretary General was Mr. Jones P. Madeira, the current Secretary General is Ms. Sonia Gill.
The CBU Secretariat is currently located at the Caribbean Media Centre, in the Harbour Industrial Estate in Bridgetown, Barbados.