ACM Statement On The Impending Closure Of The BBC Caribbean Service
January 25, 2011 – The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) is saddened by the announcement by the British Broadcasting Corporation that its popular Caribbean Service is to be closed.
The ACM wishes to pay tribute to the West Indian men and women and their British counterparts who strove for more than 40 years, and more recently, in more than 15 years of unbroken service to present a balanced, comprehensive and intelligent picture of life in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Service has also been an invaluable source of insightful analyses and commentaries on the effect of world economics and politics on the region.
While the BBC has created several incarnations of the BBC Caribbean Service going back to the Second World War, the ACM honours the contribution of the late Hugh Crosskill, who as editor of the modern Caribbean Service shaped the unit into a significant source of regional radio news. We pay special tribute to the fine work of his long-standing successor, Debbie Ransome, a veteran journalist who increased the Caribbean Service’s output and made it an essential part of radio listening diets across the region.
The Caribbean Service’s journalists and producers deserve the highest commendation. They also deserve the unequivocal assurance that their names – household names for thousands of Caribbean people – will not be lost to regional broadcasting. The ACM believes that this is an opportunity for bold, collective action by Caribbean media owners and managers to ensure that the careers of men and women who contributed significantly to regional information and understanding can continue.
Read full official press release (pdf): ACM on BBC Caribbean Closure