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November 4, 2018
Si Charles Carter To Receive The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award at Press Club Media Awards Ceremony
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club 2014 will bestow its top honour – The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award - on Sir Charles Carter for his contribution to the development of journalism and mass communications in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for more than 50 years.
The honour will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the British Colonial Hilton, in a Black Tie, Red Carpet event. Other members of the media will be recognized for their work in various capacities.
Again, Her Excellency the Most Hon Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will serve as Patron.
This year’s theme is: “Celebrating 45 Years of Bahamian Media 1973-2018”, and Title Sponsor is IL Cares Foundation and Verizon Media Group. Other major sponsors are Aliv, Sunshine Holdings Ltd. Royal Fidelity, ZNS, The Nassau Guardian, The Tribune, The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and many other supporters of Bahamian media.
Edward Charles Carter was born on April 13, 1943 and grew up in Nassau where he received his early education at St. John’s College and later graduated from Rhodes School in New York. He entered New York University in 1961 where he studied Business Administration in the Bachelor of Science Programme.
He furthered his studies at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Canada where in 1969 he obtained a degree in broadcast management. He then went on to complete his studies in 1974 at the University of Manchester, England where he obtained a certificate with distinction in public administration.
In 1964, he joined the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (ZNS) as a radio announcer, and subsequently became programme director, assistant general manager and was responsible for the setting up of the television service. He was also appointed general manager of television.
Sir Charles’ impact on the community was made through broadcasting: first in radio as the host of “The Young Bahamian Show” and later on television where he hosted “Focus”, the first Bahamian television series. He was also the voice for the majority of the national events, including Independence. He created Carter Marketing in 1993 with his sons, Eddie and Mark - a company that organizes the advertising and public relations interests of a number of businesses in The Bahamas.
Sir Charles resigned from ZNS to go into business and created a number of successful ventures and worked as the Vice President of Restaurants (Bahamas) Ltd., distributors of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1982 and served for 10 years as the Member of Parliament for the Holy Cross Constituency.
During the years of 1982-1992 he served as Chairman of The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas; Chairman of the then Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly; Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in October of 1990, he was made Minister of Health where he remained until the Free National Movement won the government in August of 1992. He then served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate up to June 1993, resigning to pursue a radio license after private radio was introduced.
In late 1999, he was granted a license to open a radio station and in August 2001, Island FM 102.9 came on the air. Charles Carter also served as General Manager of The Nassau Guardian 1844 Ltd., one of the oldest newspapers in the region, located on Carter Street, Oakes Field.
A teller of Bahamian stories and a preserver of Bahamian culture, he was also co-chair of the
Sir Charles and Lady Carter have two sons Eddie and Mark, five grandchildren and one great-grand child.
Sir Charles continues to record the history of this illustrious country – The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Other recipients of The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award were: Eileen Carron, Editor and Publisher of The Tribune in 2015. Calsey Johnson, former broadcaster and General Manager of ZNS in 2016. Gladstone Thurston, journalist, in 2017.
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