BBC Caribbean tributes - and more
TRIBUTES TO BBC CARIBBEAN
Your say on the closure of BBC Caribbean
Thanks for your years of valuable service to our region. Your progam would be greatly missed by me and my family. We always
eagerly looked forward to as it played a vital role in making us aware of important happenings/events within the Caribbean.
All the best to your reporters, and thanks again for the contribution you all made to us.
(The) loss of the BBC(Caribbean) is no small item and the impact of another voice eliminated can be offset by the countries’
I would like to add my voice to the many who have sent in their regrets at the closure of BBC Caribbean service. BBC Caribbean
news has been a truly outstanding service, giving us a broad vision of what is going on in the Region as well as events relevant
to the Region. I would especially like to praise the presenters for the professional way in which they brought us the news,
right up to the very end. We will sorely miss their voices on this excellent programme.
The death knell of BBC Caribbean Service, a sad day for truly balanced and fair news coverage in this part of the world. With
most other news coverage controlled by one political party or another, this is truly a major loss.
Very short-sighted to close a service enjoyed by MANY thousands and contributed much to good thinking and mature thinking.
What fond memories I will retain of the broadcasts by the BBC Caribbean Service during my 2 year residence on Dominica. The
reports served the diaspora as daily icons of recognition and unity with the rest of the world. Ironically, the region has
quietly served and contributed to the British Empire for centuries; how utterly humiliating it must be for that same "empire"
to cut off their poverty stricken subjects from a vital link they have to the rest of the world. Radio, not the internet,
remains the affordable option.
It would be remiss of me if I did not laud this service and hence, let you know how it will be greatly missed. I recall my
moving to the USA and the weeks of home-sickness experienced. It was only after purchasing a short-wave radio which made it
possible for me to listen to the BBC World Service that the adjustment became tolerable.
Taking BBC (Caribbean) away from us in the Caribbean is like taking away part of our life. It is so sad that we have to
part with our most credible source of news from the Caribbean at a time when politics is involved with radio stations in the
Caribbean and Caribbean people sometimes wonder whether the news is credible as some governments dictate what news must go
on the air. I get my Caribbean news from BBC in the mornings before work and sometimes in the afternoon. Do we have to send
a petition to the (British) government to keep at least some of our Caribbean programs on BBC instead of shutting it down
totally? Thanks to the management and staff of the BBC for this great service. It is with sadness and a bleeding heart that
I have to come to terms with the closure of BBC Caribbean.
I am truly upset about the closure of the BBC Caribbean. As a citizen of the Caribbean living in the Bahamas, I dutifully
kept abreast with developments in the Caribbean, listening to the BBC Caribbean news. It is a blow to us in the region, after,
what I describe as this long umbilical cord relationship with Britain. If there was one thing they should have left on their
will for us, here in the Caribbean, is the BBC Caribbean, so we can remain close to each other. Kindly review this decision.
Please don’t stop the BBC feed to the FM stations in the Caribbean. It’s bad enough we wont have Caribbean reports but the
loss of BBC would be tragic for all. Please let us know of any petitions.
The people of St Kitts are extremely upset over the cut back of radio broadcast by the BBC in the Caribbean. Many residents
of the Caribbean depend on BBC radio to keep them on top of the world news. I have been stopped by people in the street to
inquire as to why this service has been terminated. Please consider the importance of this service to people who have no other
access to such vital information.
Sorry to hear that you have to close the BBC's Caribbean programmes. I'm working here in the US, and my nephew who visited
for about two weeks last summer, listened - for every day that he was here - to the BBC's Caribbean Service! Antiguans, and
I'm sure every West Indian, listened avidly to the BBC; it was one of the biggest wireless forms of education in the region.
I remember well when I was in secondary school the teachers gave assignments to listen to the BBC.
I am utterly shocked to hear that you will be cutting the Caribbean English languge service. please, I beg you to reconsider.
The majority of those who listen to the service don't have access to the internet and depend on radio broadcasts. Please remember
that many parts of the region are behind in their perception of sexuality, freedom of speech and human rights issues. To cut
the service now would be tantamount to slowing our March to greater justice anf freedom.
I'm so sorry to see BBC Caribbean go. I wish you and all of your staff the best in your future endeavours.
I am deeply daddend by the cuts to the BBC Caribbean service. I hate to ask but will there be any alternative to replace such
extensive coverage of the Caribbean?
I have been worried about the withdrawal of radio (actual radio waves) services by the BBC for many years. The financial savings
are tiny but the loss of service and influence is huge. The fall back position of the BBC is the argue that the BBC news website
is a more than satisfactory replacement because it better represents the typical modern listener and follower. But this is
not a comprehensive argument. Radio is a social medium whereas The Internet is not. It separates listeners in to rooms away
from family members. The Internet is very important but can't be seen as a replacement for radio. Radio, shortwave and FM
relay is essential and cost effective.
I am sorry so many natives in the British West Indies are irate about the cuts to the BBC there, but if they want their own
radio station, THEY will have to pay for it. Why does the world think the British taxpayers should "foot the bill" for all
of their services forever? Let them pay their own way. You're independent now, so live up to your full potential and start
a new West Indies station.
The Worldservice will always be in my listener's heart, but there will be a void from March.I hope some wise and brave people
can rethink the decision.
I live in Barbados and I grew up listening to the BBC Caribbean news and sports on the radio. Last year, BBC introduce a dedicated
BBC radio channel - 92.1FM - and I enjoy listening to the informative programmes 24 hours a day. I was very shocked to read
that the BBC Caribbean will be closed in March 2011. It is only source of obtaining a holistic overview of the events affecting
the Caribbean region. It is with great sadness that I will miss hearing the excellent broadcasters who have provided a valuable
service to the Caribbean region over the years.
Like most listeners and those with a passion to see Caribbean Integration move forward, I am very disappointed that BBC has
made that decision in its effort to cut its expenses. On the bright side, I think that BBC Caribbean has some excellent reporters
that have made Caribbean News a virtual franchise. As a result, I hope that a commercial media house could use the talents
of these fine reporters and anchors, and sell commercials to subsidize costs. Of course it won't be as effective as it now
exists if commercials were included.
The BBC, by providing a common cultural reference for all English-speaking people in the Caribbean, has had a strong unifying
influence. It has also gained respect for the UK worldwide, and has spread British journalistic values across the globe. I
personally will miss BBC World Service broadcasts on mid-ocean night watches when almost nothing else of interest can be found.
This decision will do a great disservice both to British foreign policy goals and interests and to the English-speaking people
of the Caribbean (and all the ships at sea).
I am a 73-year old man who was brought up with the BBC. I did the dictation programme at the early stages of my school life.
During my latter years it became one the major pillars of our democracy in the Caribbean. Cutting cost is an anathema to freedom
of speech and an act of cruelty to the free world.
Terrible news for we the people! Caribbean Report staff must continue to hold their heads up high. Blessings.
I just wanted to commiserate with you on the impending closure of the Caribbean Service. I listened every day when I was back
in Trinidad, and know how much store people in the West Indies set by the Caribbean Service.
The decision to discontinue the BBC Caribbean Service is incredibly sad, short-sighted, and misguided. The service was incredibly
popular and filled a great need for the Caribbean audience to have a view of the world not provided by local radio stations.
As David Rudder says just one more bit of evidence that the world doesn't seem to need islands any more!
I will miss our Caribbean BBC.
Hearing your voice on the phone last year re the interview was like hearing from an old family friend - which you are, to
the many people who listen to your programmes. To not hear it any more, well, I am truly sorry.
I'd like to add my name to those offering "sympathy and support" and wish you all the best for the future.
The BBC World Service is one of the most reputable radio services in the World and the Caribbean service in particular is
incredibly popular in that region.
We're all very saddened to hear that BBC Caribbean has been cut. Here at ARCHIVE, we have time and again turned to BBC Caribbean
for the latest news not least for our work in Haiti. The cuts in the Caribbean service will be strongly felt, and you will
be sorely missed.
Some things have no monetary value but I am sure that I am not the only person the BBC’s service has impacted, so I implore
those in charge to reconsider.
Please allow your listeners to have at least one broadcast to thank you guys for the great work that has been done over the
years. May God bless all of you.
I am writing asking to please keep BBC Caribbean. We own a house in Grenada and must get current news, both while we are in
the US and in the West Indies. This is our best source of news that covers the Carribean. I was shocked when I read about
the proposed cut!
I know BBC Caribbean Report will be sorely missed here in the US Virgin Islands where, to this day, we still don't have a
strong television network for general consumption. Either you get broadcast, if your signal will allow it where you live,
or your get cable (if you're financially able), or you get the one public tv channel we have (which does not have a daily
news report). And given the number of folks living here who hail from parts of the Eastern Caribbean, bbc is very well regarded.
I am profoundly saddened at the news that the BBC Caribbean Service
This is a shock and a disappointment. I toured the BBC Caribbean studios at Bush House in London as a guest of Orin Gordon,
and was very impressed with the operations and the professionalism of the Caribbean team of broadcasters. I am sure there
is a vibrant life after the BBC for these talented broadcasters.
It's a shame that we have hundreds of radio stations in the Caribbean and not one, as far as I know, able to take us the slack
when BBC goes off the air, and offer the Caribbean people a quality service like that of the BBC or CBC (Canada). It appears
that the main interest in many Caribbean stations lie in almost all day low budget "call-in" programmes.
It's sad when the Caribbean is about to go through a rough period in its history.
This is sad. BBC Caribbean is the biggest thing around. People make it a point of duty to listen to BBC Caribbean especially
the evening edition. BBC should have done a survey or allow radio stations to raise the issues on their talk show to see if
that would change the heart of those in charge. Right now we people have to return to VOA. I still do not quite understand
It came as a shock to me last evening when I heard on the Caribbean Report that the BBC Caribbean Service will be closing
As a Caribbean born person living in the UK I really depend on BBC Caribbean to stay in touch with what is going on in that
part of the world. I hope the BBC reconsiders closing this very good service as it benefits both the Caribbean and latin America.
I know this will probably not be read on air, and I could hardly mind. I just want somebody to read and understand my point.
Today the 24th day of January I came home from school to hear the sad news that the BBC will be cutting its Caribbean service.
I would like the man who made the announcement to explain properly why this is being done; please leave out all all the facts
and figures and just tell the Caribbean people, why he is doing this. We know we are small nations that many in the world
view as insignificant and unimportant , but I still believe we deserve some level of respect. We, just like anyone else all
over the world listen the BBC. Is the Caribbean's only purpose to the British is to come on vacations? Do they view us as
backward people who don't deserve to hear the news?, Please explain to us.
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.
I have just heard the news of the cuts to the BBC World Service and am terribly upset to hear that the BBC Caribbean Service
is to be cut. Here in Barbados we have ONE television channel with an incredibly poor news service, and unless people can
afford to pay for the American influenced cable tv they have NO access to international news or programmes.
It's sad when the Caribbean is about to go through a rough period in its history
I value every aspect of the world service, and have done since moving to Singapore 13 years ago. Why doesn't the BBC ask overseas
listeners to pay a fee for certain services to help support the services effected by these cuts. The news services should
be continued to be enjoyed around the world. After all when I'm in the UK I would pay the license fee - I wouldn't hesitate
in paying a fee to continue access. It seems illogical to cut before even asking the question - can you support?