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A Tribute to Hugh Cholmondeley – By Sir Ronald Sanders

A Tribute to Hugh Cholmondeley

By Sir Ronald Sanders

Hugh Cholmondeley

To say that Hugh Neville John Cholmondeley was a golden voice of broadcasting in Guyana in the 1960’s and early 1970’s is to speak a truth but not to tell the whole story.  While he had a voice that commanded attention, it was his recognition that broadcasting had a key role to play in enlightening society that distinguished him.

In 1968, he became the first general manager of the Guyana Broadcasting Service (GBS).  In that role, he set about two important and standard setting tasks.  The first was to establish a team of outstanding broadcasters in Guyana who would extend the boundaries of radio beyond a purveyor of entertainment into the realm of debate on national issues; of investigative broadcast journalism; of reflecting the society through documentaries; and “live” coverage of national events when and as they happened.  His early radio documentary series ” was path breaking.  Continue reading

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