05 May, 2011 - Published 17:18 GMT

Special programmes over the years

Special features and in-depth analysis have been a central part of the BBC's Caribbean programming across the years.

During and after World War II, the BBC Talks Department commissioned several talks on West Indian history introducing a global and British audience to the different territories of the then British West Indies.

After World War II, increasing analysis of the West Indies’ literary tradition led to the programme Caribbean Voices which nurtured some of the great names of West Indian literature in the 1950s.

History of the Caribbean Service

West Indian journalists and producers increasingly became part of the wider BBC focus on issues in the newly-independent Caribbean countries in the 1960s.

Cultural links

When the West Indian service was closed in 1975, the programme Caribbean Magazine continued to fly the Caribbean flag focusing on the Caribbean from a cultural perspective.

Produced by the then BBC’s Topical Tapes department, the weekly programme featured analysis on Caribbean literature, personalities, and the Caribbean diaspora.

Caribbean Magazine 3/11/1992

When the BBC’s Caribbean Service was re-established in 1988, this time with a brief to produce news and current affairs programming, Caribbean Magazine came into the Service’s programme stable and took up the mantle of focusing on the human face of the news, current affairs, and cultural developments.

Arts and culture

The Caribbean on the BBC

BBC Caribbean team members also contributed over the years to the rest of the BBC helping to focus on major Caribbean events and developments.

Dealing with Drugs part one

BBC Radio 4's 2008 Crossing Continents programme on kidnapping in Haiti

BBC World Service's 2010 Witness programme on the TT coup 20 years later

Award winning

After Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January 2010, the Caribbean Service worked with BBC News to produce the award winning Connexion Haiti, a lifeline programme for Haitians in the month following the earthquake.

Lifeline programme

One year later, the Caribbean Service also worked with BBC Brasil to record the views of Haitians and the Brazilian peacekeepers on life after the earthquake in a series called Tent Tales.

Haiti Tent Tales

Haiti Tent Tales


It was not always about journalists covering the region and its diaspora.

The Caribbean Service introduced a pan-regional call-in programme called Caribbean Interactive.

Broadcast several times each year from 2003, Caribbean Interactive extended its programme to co-presentations with partner stations across the Caribbean.

It focused on the larger issues affecting the whole region and provided a focal point for the separate territories of the Caribbean and their diaspora to join the debate of the day.

Online, the Caribbean diaspora in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom joined the Caribbean region to debate issues regularly online.

Debate on the cost of living

Debate on the role of the Caribbean diaspora

So follow some of the best specials from over the years in the programmes and stories provided below.

We’ve enjoyed it and we hope you do too.