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Dwight Whylie

Dwight Whylie was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1936.  In 1961, he was the first announcer of colour to be hired by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for its domestic services.

 
Upon his return home after more than a decade of service in the UK, he took up the position of manager of the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) from 1973 to 1976.

 
In 1977 he became the first black announcer to be employed full-time by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he worked for twenty (20) years.  For more than a decade he was the editor of the national radio news for the CBC, only breaking that appointment to take up a year-long fellowship at the University of Chicago.

 
He also made a significant contribution to the profession as a broadcasting techniques and journalism trainer throughout the Caribbean.  He served as Vice President of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the Caribbean Advertisers Association and the Caribbean Publishing and Broadcasting Association.  His service to the CBU also included acting as Chief Judge for the Caribbean Broadcasting Awards on many occasions.

 
He became Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission in his homeland Jamaica, and presided over the launch of the first ever indigenously researched and formulated comprehensive set of content standards for broadcast and cable services in the region, the Children’s Code for Programming.  He served as Chairman of the Commission until his death in September 2002.

 
Dwight Whylie was inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 1996.