Vic Fernandes’ career in broadcasting, which began when he was only 17 years old, has spanned both public and private sector media. He rose to the position of deputy General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, before heading Starcom Network’s predecessor, the Barbados Rediffusion Group.
After 2006 when One Caribbean Media was formed he became CEO of the OCM Network coordinating the thrust of OCM in acquiring stations in the Eastern Caribbean and creating the Caribbean SuperStation network, a first for the region.
Mr Fernandes was the longest serving President of the CBU, having held the post from 1991 to 1999 and again from 2003 until 2013 when he retired as CEO of the OCM Network. During his tenure as President of the CBU he was recognised for the introduction of hallmark events such as the annual Caribbean Broadcasting Awards in 1995, the establishment of the CBU satellite uplink, the CBU Hall of Fame,the second and third agreements with the Freidrich Ebert Stiftung as well as his leadership as the first Chairman of CBU’s commercial arm, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) established in 2000, and to whose formation he was instrumental.
He has also provided professional advice and training to stations in St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica and Belize.
He was awarded the Silver Crown of Merit in the 2014 Barbados Independence Awards for, his “invaluable contribution made over the last forty years in the radio and television industry.”
Vic Fernandes was inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 2004.