Friday, February 23, 2018

Sir Trevor, Assoon honoured by media group


EXCELLENCE IN 2012: Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) CEO Shida Bolai, right, accepts the 'Media Excellence Award' on behalf of Sir Trevor McDonald, from TTPBA president Kiran Maharaj during Thursday's awards and dinner at Hyatt Regency hotel. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

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Veteran broadcasters Sir Trevor McDonald and Barbara Assoon are this year's recipients of the Publishers and Broadcasters Association Media Excellence Awards 2012.

Neither McDonald nor Assoon was on hand to accept their honours, but did send their gratitude for the recognition.

The Association held its annual gala Awards and Christmas Dinner Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad), Port of Spain.

McDonald was in the United States promoting a documentary series he had recently produced, while Assoon was ill.

Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) chief executive Shida Bolai accepted on McDonald's behalf, while Assoon's former Radio Trinidad colleague Sandra Maharaj collected hers.

Delivering greetings on behalf of the TTPBA was president Kiran Maharaj.

Maharaj predicted a "renaissance" for the media in 2013.

"What we face today as custodians of the Fourth Estate is the opportunity and challenge to influence and propose regulatory and legislative tenets which will ultimately lay the foundation for our future," she said.

She said power now lies not with money, but with information and with those who can "ride high and fast on that superhighway."

She noted over the last year the TTPBA had been making significant strides, particularly as a lobby group for the amendment of the Data Protection Act and was proud to report Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had written the organisation to say Cabinet had agreed to an amendment.

She added that at this year's International Press Institute's World Congress held in Trinidad in June, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Ramlogan had agreed to work towards the abolition of the Criminal Defamation Act.

She said the Association had met with the Minister of Communication to discuss the proposal for one hour of government programming on all broadcast media. "There is a difference between government programming and public interest. It puzzles me why there seems to be a brazened approach to this airtime issue," she said.