Jones P. Madeira

Jones P. Madeira was born in Arima on June 9th, 1944.

He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Daily News Ltd, publishers of the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Mr. Madeira is a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)-trained broadcaster and journalist who has served as a practitioner and in executive capacities in most aspects of mass media and related disciplines in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean for more than five decades, including:

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Trinidad Publishing Company Limited (publishers of the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspapers.
  • Editor of the Independent Publishing Company Limited (publishers of the now defunct Independent Newspaper.
  • Manager of News and Current Affairs and Caribbean Relations of the Trinidad Broadcasting Company Limited, operators of Radio Trinidad and several broadcast frequencies.
  • Head of News and Current Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT), and a member of the Board of Directors of one of TTT’s successor companies, the Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG).
  • Senior Producer, News and Current Affairs with the National Broadcasting Service of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Producer at the BBC Overseas Regional Services in London.
  • First full-time Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).
  • Public Relations Manager, National Insurance Property Development Co., Ltd (NIPDEC) Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Manager/Adviser to the Communication Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health.
  • Adviser, Media Relations and Public Information at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
  • Information Adviser to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC/PAHO/WHO).
  • Court Protocol and Information Manager of the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Madeira is also an inductee into the Caribbean Broadcasting Hall of Fame for his leadership in the development of broadcasting profession in the region and pioneered, along with German consultant, the late Michael Abend, the Caribbean radio and television programme and news exchange projects, including the CBU flagship transcription television series CARIBSCOPE which influenced what is in evidence as CARIBVISION today.

He has also received several other awards for his work in broadcasting.

Mr. Madeira was specially honoured by the Express Newspapers for his leadership role during the attempted coup of 1990 in Trinidad and Tobago in which he was a hostage, and by his hometown of Arima which has named one of its streets after him.

He still resides in the heart of his hometown, Arima, is married to Melba, nee Lathuillerie, and has three children and four grandchildren.

 


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