The President of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) Mr Gary Allen today welcomed the latest media entity to join the ranks of the Union.
The newest CBU member is the Government Information Service of Barbados. This addition brings the Union’s membership roll to forty-five (45).
After a hiatus in active membership since 2011, the BGIS has re-joined with Associate status. Associate members of the Union have access to the majority of membership benefits including access to rights-free programming through the media share portal, participation in CBU-supported training and eligibility to enter the annual Caribbean Broadcasting Awards.
In welcoming back the former member, the CBU President noted the CBU continues to represent a broad spectrum of media from privately-owned commercial outlets to state-run media agencies. This is in addition to the recent expansion of categories of full membership to include not only traditional broadcasters but also direct-to-home, newspapers, magazines and on-line media.
The BGIS is one of the oldest information services in the region and will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2018. From its Bridgetown headquarters, it functions as a broad-based news and public relations agency with its products being published on radio and television, in print and on-line.