The President of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) Mrs. Shida Bolai today congratulated Barbadian broadcaster, Mr. Carson Small, on his recent recognition on the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
Mr Small was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for service to the community.
Mr Small, who is blind, has inspired audiences throughout his home country of Barbados as a radio broadcaster and show compere. He has twinned his media career with strong advocacy for the rights of senior citizens and the disabled both on and off-air.
Mr. Small began his career in radio with Rediffusion Limited (currently Starcom Network) through an opportunity provided by CBU Hall of Famer and broadcast legend, the late Mrs. Olga Lopes-Seale.
Mr Small’s advocacy has in no way been hampered by his disability. Among his many instances of community leadership was leveraging the capacity of the Barbadian diaspora by launching a charity in the United Kingdom mobilise resources to support the aged at home in Barbados.
He is still actively engaged in the media currently recording his programme Visions twice a week at Starcom Network for airing on Sundays, specifically targeting the disabled.
The CBU is a grouping of forty-four (44) Full and Associate members drawn from twenty-two (22) countries, including broadcasters in the English, Dutch and Spanish-speaking Caribbean focused on capacity-building of media institutions and professionals; joint negotiation of rights for programming; and advocacy in regional and international organisations on policy and technology issues.