The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) has led tributes to veteran Guyanese broadcaster and international public servant, Hugh Cholmondely, who died Friday last, following a battle with lung cancer.
ACM President, Wesley Gibbings said Cholmondely’s influence was both deep and wide, providing guidance and inspiration to an entire generation of broadcasters and journalists in the Caribbean and further afield.
During his early career, Cholmondely worked as general manager of the Guyana Broadcasting Service and went on to become a leading figure in the expansion of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the setting up of the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies and establishment of the Caribbean News Agency.
Trinidadian broadcasters Jones P. Madeira and Dik Henderson, Guyanese diplomat, Evan Drayton, broadcaster turned diplomat, Ron Sanders and Rafiq Khan of the Demerara Broadcasting Service formed the nucleus of a Guyana-based team led by Cholmondeley on shaping the CBU out of a unit located at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
Cholmondeley retired from the United Nations system, having inaugurated the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization regional office in Jamaica in 1980 and served in senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme in New York and as Senior Advisor in the UN Department of Political Affairs.