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Last updated: 25 March, 2011 - Published 17:24 GMT
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BBC Caribbean in pictures

Una Marsden

It started during World War Two with Calling the West Indies for servicemen calling home

cover of House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul

By the 1950s, the programme Caribbean Voices allowed producers the room to work for the BBC and write their early novels

Trevor McDonald

In the 1960s and 70s, the programmes attracted young broadcasters from the Caribbean

poster of the Caribbean Service team in 1988

After closure in 1975, BBC's Caribbean Service was re-launched in 1988 as a news and current affairs unit

(l-r) Hugh Crosskill, then Dominican Prime Minister Eugenia Charles, and producer Pat Whitehorne

Caribbean leaders included Bush House on their London itineraries where they discussed pan-regional issues

(l-r): Paul Boateng, Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Jerry Timmins (1987)

Britain's first black MPs also visited Bush House

Annemarie Grey and Jerry Timmins

Caribbean Magazine presenter Annemarie Grey and editor Jerry Timmins tackled Caribbean cultural issues

(l-r): Caribbean Service 1991: Editor Hugh Crosskill, Producer Debbie Ransome, Radio Production Assistant Tracey Robbins, Producer Mike Jarvis

The team acquired news faces in 1991

news stories

The Caribbean Service made regional headlines through to the final week on air

front row: producer Karen Weir, service head Debbie Ransome, producers Ken Richards and Natalie Williams, broadcast assistant Megan Jones. Back row: producers Orin Gordon and Emma Joseph, and broadcast assistant Clare Espie

The team always included a range of Caribbean and English voices

Back row: Ken Richards, Tom Holmes, Nick Miles, Henri Astier. Front row: Emilio San Pedro, Debbie Ransome, Lisa Robinson, Marie-Claire Williams

In 2010, it won an Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) award for the BBC Caribbean/ News Creole lifeline programme for post-quake Haiti

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