Dunn, Hopeton S.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Caribbean Institute of Media Communications
Struggle, innovation and cultural resistance
Date of Publication
This article presents a report on the media and communications sector in the Caribbean. The history of the media and telecommunications infrastructures in the Caribbean is intertwined with the region's tryst with British colonialism. Print media preceded the electronic networks by well over two centuries. Although there have been notable government-owned daily newspapers in the region, that sector continues to be dominated by private capital. The leading regional private sector newspaper publishers operate on-line editions and Web sites, with the most well established being the Gleaner's Go-Jamaica site. On-line editions also provide channels through which the companies reach the disparate global Caribbean Diaspora and are also the means by which on-line readers respond via published letters and comments. Without policy planning, regulation and private investments, indigenous regional interests in the Caribbean television sector are in danger of making large concessions to external corporate investors and programme providers.....