Caribbean Broadcasting Union
|Type||Union of broadcasting organisations|
|33 active members in 20 countries and dependencies|
Beginning in the mid-1980s, the CBU created several regionally syndicated programmes including CaribScope, Caribbean Newsline, Caribbean News Review, Caribbean Business Weekly, Talk Caribbean, the Caribbean Song Festival, Riddim Express and the CaribVision television news exchange, among other programmes. These were some of the first television programmes to contribute to a nascent regional integration movement and enjoyed wide viewership, particularly CaribScope, a magazine containing arts, cultural and general-interest features submitted by member stations.
Leadership of the association is mainly rotated between representatives of the affiliated media houses. On 9 June 2000 the commercial operations of the CBU and the Caribbean News Agency were merged into the Caribbean Media Corporation, also based in Barbados, which has carried on the business of television production begun by the CBU.
The CBU's current mandate includes the facilitation of some broadcast services, representation, and training of the staff of member stations in support of a unified Caribbean community. It holds an Annual General Assembly (AGA) in one of the member nations every August. Member stations are drawn from the 15 member nations of the Caribbean Community, with the exception of Haiti. Other member stations are drawn from several nations in the Caribbean area.
Non-member affiliates & associates
- North American National Broadcasters Association (NANBA)
- National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
- World Broadcasting Unions (WBU)
- Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA)
- Caribbean News Agency (CANA)
- European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
- Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)
- Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
- Union des Radiodiffusion et télévisions Nationales d'Afrique (URTNA)
- Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana (OTI)
- Asociación Internacional de Radiodifusión (AIR)
- Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CBA)
Previous presidents of the CBU
- 1999–2002: Stewart Krohn
- 1991–1999: Vic Fernandes
- 1987–1991: J.A. Lester Spaulding
- 1984–1987: Frits Pengel
- 1980–1984: Terrence Holder
- 1976–1980: Frits Pengel
- 1975–1976: Ron Sanders
- 1973–1975: Leo de Leon
- 1970–1973: Ray Smith
- "Caribbean Broadcasting Union". International Telecommunications Union. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
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- The CBU - The Caribbean Broadcasting Union online