October 10, 2014
CARIBBEAN BROADCASTING UNION TRIBUTE ON THE PASSING OF CBU HALL OF FAMER RAFIQ KHAN
The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) today offered a tribute in memory of CBU Hall of Famer and regional broadcasting stalwart, Mr. Rafiq Khan on learning the sad news that the former announcer, media manager and development practitioner had died in Jamaica, after a short illness.
Mr. Khan joined the media in his homeland of Guyana when he was just a teenager and rose through the ranks to become Program Director of the pre-independence Radio Demerara. He continued to demonstrate his talent on air and in leadership to eventually become General Manager of the successor station, the Guyana Broadcasting Company in 1970.
Mr. Khan was present at the birth of the CBU in the same year and was an active proponent of its core mandate of regional integration through communication. His passion for the entire Caribbean was also evident in his technical support for the Rediffusion Group of Companies throughout the 1970s.
Mr. Khan then went on to expand the scope of his support to broadcasting and the entire region when he was appointed UNESCO’s first ever Communication Advisor for the Caribbean, a position he held for thirteen (13) years.
His service to media and the region also included academia, as a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, where he co-authored research papers on media and communication in the Caribbean.
Mr. Khan was inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 1996 at a ceremony in Dominica, where his long and distinguished career was recognized. However, even after retirement Mr. Khan continued to share the wealth of his experience and expertise as an international media consultant.
In commenting on his passing, the CBU Board of Directors, led by President Shida Bolai, noted the significant loss to Caribbean media, caused by Mr. Khan’s passing. Close friend and fellow CBU Hall of Famer Jones P. Madeira, noted that Mr. Khan had “always considered it a joy to work for the advancement of Caribbean media, especially with the CBU.”
The Caribbean Broadcasting Union extends sincere condolences to Mr. Khan’s family and loved ones on his passing.