Bolai new CBU president
Chief executive officer of the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) Shida Bolai has been appointed president of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).
The new board for 2013-2015 was elected at the recently concluded 44th Annual General Assembly of the CBU in Georgetown, Guyana.
Bolai succeeds Vic Fernandes who demitted the CBU presidency upon his retirement from Starcom Network Inc earlier this year.
Other board members of the new board are Gary Allen - managing director of the RJR Communications Group in Jamaica; Corletha Ollivierre - general manager, National Broadcasting Company, St Vincent; Buelah Jonis, St Maarten Cable, St Maarten; Amalai Mai, general manager Great Belize Productions, Great Belize; Dominic Beaubrun, general manager, Starcom Network Inc, Barbados; Michael Gordon, acting general manager, National Communications Network, Guyana; Edwin Lightbourne, general manager, ZNS, Bahamas and Guno Cooman, ATV, Suriname.
The incoming board was mandated to address issues and concerns including archiving of content, market research and training activities in support of membership enhancement capabilities.
A statement issued at the end of the meeting indicated that some of the key issues discussed at the meeting included disparities in the treatment of cricket rights among the CBU broadcasters and external providers who are now buying cricket rights.
“The assembly expressed a desire to urgently meet with the West Indies Cricket Board to discuss the fact that radio cricket rights are no longer being offered to the CMC; that live regional four day and one day cricket is no longer being offered to the region’s broadcasters; and that while broadcasters in the region cannot air international cricket that is being played in their territories, it notes that cable operators in their territory are airing the cricket on a commercial free basis,” the statement said.