The highlight of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) celebration of its forty-fifth (45) anniversary will be the Annual General Assembly (AGA) taking place in St. George’s, Grenada from August 17-20, 2015.
The CBU is honoured to have the support of the country host for this year’s AGA, the Government and people of Grenada. Dr, the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and head of the CARICOM grouping on information, communication and technology (ICT) will present the feature address during the AGA opening ceremony on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Grenadian by Rex Resorts.
A wealth of information on the Caribbean media sector will be on offer during the conference. The sessions on Monday and Tuesday will include an examination of recent developments in convergence of telecommunications and broadcasting, important regional and international developments in programming rights, as well as a forum on communication rights and freedoms in the Caribbean. The communication rights forum will also feature the launch of a new project partnership between UNESCO, the CBU and the Public Media Alliance (formerly the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association)..
HISTORIC CARIBBEAN-CHINA MEDIA EXCHANGE
This year the AGA will mark the first ever Caribbean-China media exchange. Headed by the Deputy Secretary General of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, a contingent of a dozen Chinese media executives will be in Grenada for engagements with the grouping of Caribbean media houses participating in the Assembly.
Chinese media entities represented include the influential China Economic Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China National Radio, China Radio International and CCTV, which is seen in households around the region via cable services..
And the international participation will include countries closer to home. Also for the first time, the AGA will welcome the “Alianza Informativa Latinoamericana” (AIL). AIL, which is headquartered in Bogota, Colombia, is composed of twenty-two (22) private television networks in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing support to its members for the production and coverage of news events.
TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CBU CARIBBEAN BROADCASTING AWARDS
With nearly two hundred entries submitted from member stations across the Caribbean, the CBU is pleased to mark the twentieth anniversary of the staging of the Caribbean Broadcasting Awards.
The Awards Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at the Spice Basket Theatre, will recognise the best of broadcast media productions from around the region in more than two dozen categories. This year the CBU, with the kind support of the Pan American Health Organization, will inaugurate an award to honour the late Clare Forrester, a pioneering Caribbean sports and health journalist. Awards will also be sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) UNICEF, UNESCO and CARPHA.
INDUCTION OF TWO NEW MEMBERS OF THE CBU HALL OF FAME
For more than two decades the CBU has celebrated the stalwarts of Caribbean broadcasting by inducting them into the Union’s Hall of Fame. After a four year hiatus the CBU will again recognise two champions who have contributed to the development of regional media. The names of the inductees will be announced on the evening of Monday, August 17, at a ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre, Annex after a Welcome Reception for Delegates hosted by the Government of Grenada.
KEY SPONSORS OF THE 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The CBU is pleased to partner with the following entities in staging the 2015 AGA:
The Chinese Embassy in Grenada
The Marketing and National Import Board of Grenada
The Grenada Electricity Company
Brydens & Minors
Glenelg Spring Water
The Public Media Alliance (formerly the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association),
Spice Island Beach Resort
The Grenada Tourism Authority and
The Grenadian by Rex Resorts Hotel
As host country, Grenada is supporting the Union in celebrating forty-five years of unbroken and active engagement in regional development and broadcasting. The CBU, which was established in November 1970 in Georgetown, Guyana, is a grouping of forty-eight (48) media entities located in twenty-two (22) countries and territories in the English, Dutch and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The Union’s mandate includes facilitating indigenous programme production and sharing; capacity-building of media institutions and professionals; joint negotiation of rights for programming; and advocacy in regional and international forums on policy and technology issues.
For further information contact the CBU Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org or (246) 430-1007.