Trinidad and Cuba sweep CBU awards


Media houses in Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago swept the awards at the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) function here on Tuesday night, Antigua’s Observer reports.

The awards were presented during a live television event at the Teatro Lazaro Pena in Havana, during the CBU’s 47thAnnual General Assembly that ends on Thursday.

CBU said that the best television documentary programme was won by the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament for its programme titled “The West Indies at War (Part I): Emperors, Kings and Power” while the best radio documentary went to the Instituto Cubano De Radio Y Television of Cubafor its programme “La Madre Negra De Marti”.

In the television category, CBU said that the People’s Choice Award was won by the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas for its production “The Rise of Buddy Hield”, while the Trinidad-based Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) won in the category of the Best Magazine Programme for its production “Cuisine Caravan”.

Cuba took home the Best Drama Programme, while CCN was the winner in the Best Investigative Programme category.

The Trinidad and Tobago Parliament Channel also won the “Responsible Coverage of Children’s Issues” award t5hta was sponsored by the United National Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) while the best Commercial Show award went to Great Belize Productions Limited.

In the radio category Cuba was victorious in the Best Drama Programme.

CBU said that a total of 144 entries were submitted across 20 categories and the submissions came from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The entries were assessed by a three-person judging panel drawn from Barbados and Grenada.

During the awards a number of media houses were recognised for special mention with CBU indicating that in addition to its regular sponsors, there were three new ones, with UNESCO Caribbean and UNICEF Eastern Caribbean inaugurating prizes for television and radio entries in the “Coverage of Climate Change” and “Responsible Coverage of Children’s Issues” respectively and the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) supporting the new award in coverage of Disaster Risk.

The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) sponsored the award for Best News Item in television.

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