The Bahamas Press Club is in preparation for its 8th annual awards ceremony, the Press Club Media Awards. The event is set to take place November 10 and falls under the theme, ’45 years of media independence’.
President of the Press Club, Anthony Capron told media on Saturday that they will be awarding, aside from category awards, some media individuals who have been involved in media since the Bahamas became independent in 1973.
The award show gives away over a dozen awards every year for over 20 categories including a lifetime achievement award, sponsored by Fidelity, called, “The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award”. This year’s recipient is Sir Charles Carter.
Carter has been in the media business for many years and got his start with a radio show called the young Bahamian Show. He said that he started the show to share a spotlight on the many talented Bahamians living in the Bahamas. He also served as General Manager of ZNS as well as the Nassau Guardian and publisher of The Punch Newspaper.
Carter told media that he would not be able to make the award ceremony because he has to go away for treatment. His brother, Frank Carter will be accepting the award on his behalf. However, Carter [Charles] was able to make some remarks. On Saturday he mentioned that he is appreciative of where media in the country is going.
“I like what has happened to our country,” said Sir Carter.
“In the sense of being able to get the scoop, being able to tell the story, and being able to get our country to appreciate that we are all trying to do the best we can.”
“And if you do the best you could they will help you up.”
President Capron also introduced the IL cares Foundation in conjunction with Verizon Media Group as the title sponsor for the award ceremony.
Branding Manager for the Verizon Media Group, Aneka Stewart told media that it did not take a second thought for the company to agree to sponsor the event because they understood the important role media plays in society.
“We believe it is essential to not only highlight the work of journalists and those professionals who guard the fourth estate,” said Stewart.
“But to also salute them for their tireless commitment and unwavering efforts to move the Bahamas forward.”
“Our Bahamian media have chartered new waters, made great strides and can measure equally with the best world over.”
Stewart also said that in an effort to take the press club award show to a higher standard, a part of their sponsorship will be to broadcast the event live on IL TV.