CBU President’s Statement for World Television Day – November 21, 2021
As the Caribbean Broadcasting Union notes the major impact that reliable and accurate media houses can have in counteracting misinformation, the CBU President, Mrs. Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs is pleased to extend best wishes to the twenty-three (23) members of the Union who offer television services on the occasion of World Television Day.
Those twenty-three (23) television operations run the gamut from traditional broadcast to dedicated cable-only channels to primarily on-line services.
In its efforts to ensure Caribbean audiences have access to well-researched and factual information the CBU is pleased to announce it has been accepted as a member of the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy Alliance.
The UNESCO MIL Alliance is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure all citizens have access to media and information competencies. Organizations and individuals from over a hundred countries have agreed to join forces and stand together for change.
The Alliance seek to drive MIL development and impact globally by:
- enabling the MIL community to speak as one voice on critical matters;
- further deepening the strategy for MIL to be treated as a composite concept, and
- providing a common platform for MIL related networks and associations globally.
In 1996, the United Nations general assembly declared November 21 as World Television Day. The UN recognized television as having an increased impact on decision making as well as being an ambassador for the entertainment industry. Television is a symbol of communication and globalization that educates, informs, entertains and influences our decisions and opinions.
The CBU is a 36-member association of publicly and privately operated broadcast, print and digital media serving nineteen (19) countries and territories in the Dutch, English and Spanish Caribbean.