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Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation

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Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
TypeBroadcast radio network
Television network
OwnerBarbadian Government
Key people
Sherwood McCaskie General Manager
Mr. Pearson Bowen: Head of Radio Department
Jewel Forde: Head of Television
Mr. Andrew Greene: Chief MCTV Officer
Mark Seale: Head of News and Current Affairs
Launch date
December 1963 (radio)
December 1964 (television)
Official website
CBC Headquarters.
CBC Headquarters.
CBC's multiple satellites next to the Errol Barrow section of the ABC Highway in The Pine, St. Michael, Barbados
CBC's multiple satellites next to the Errol Barrow section of the ABC Highway in The Pine, St. Michael, Barbados

The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a public radio and television broadcaster, located in The Pine, St. Michael in Barbados. It was founded in 1963 as Radio Barbados.[1] The CBC falls under the ministry and jurisdiction of the Prime Minister's Office.

The television service broadcasts on channel 8 and is the only legally licensed, over-the-air television channel broadcasting in the country of Barbados. The corporation also owns and operates three radio stations: CBC Radio on 94.7 MHz FM and 900 kHz AM, The One on 98.1 MHz FM and Q-100.7 on 100.7 MHz FM.

Besides the terrestrial television and radio, the CBC operates a wireless Cable TV subscription service called Multi-Choice TV (MCTV) which offers many television stations from around the globe, including the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

CBC's studios and offices are located North of Wildey at The Pine, Saint Michael. The television broadcast transmitter is located at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (Lazaretto, Black Rock), however, it will soon be replaced by a transmitter at The Belle, St. Michael.[2] The television broadcast is provided in the NTSC television format.

In 2003 it was announced the corporation would be transformed into a publicly-owned station with the aim of issuance of shares on the Barbados Stock Exchange.[3]

In August 2006, chairman, Sonwabo Funde of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reportedly held discussions with Barbadian government officials with the aim of forming a partnership or acquiring a stake in the CBC.[4]

In early January 2007, CBC had broadcast its sponsorships and TV broadcaster CBC TV 8 for the hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 here in Barbados from New Year's Day, 1 January to National Heroes' Day, 28 April 2007 during live broadcast at the Kensington Oval, Fontabelle, St. Michael, from 11 to 21 and 28 April 2007 with the West Indies, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Jamaica vs. England, India, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2012 as part of a campaign promise the Barbados Labour Party's leader, Owen Arthur stated if his party wins the upcoming general election, the CBC could become privatised under that party's plan to reform the Barbadian Government.[5][6]

The CBC is a member of: the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS,[7] the Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association,[8] the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association within the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Public Media Alliance.[9]

CBC had started its Countdown to 50 Years of Independence from 1 December 2015 to Independence Day, 30 November 2016 with the Government and the People of Barbados.

In 2019 the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament transforming the post of General Manager into CEO.[1][2][3]

CBC had also started its Barbados Vision 2020 We Gatherin' from New Year's Day, 1 January to New Year's Eve 31 December 2020 for eleven parishes and the country of Barbados, but was subsequently stopped showing it on TV because of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).


The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation Act, (1963).[10] was enacted... provide, in accordance with this Act, broadcasting services of high quality both as to the transmission and as to the matter transmitted.

The functions of the corporation as outlined in the act are: To have the powers-

  • to erect, maintain and operate broadcasting, transmitting, relay and receiving stations;
  • to arrange for the provision and equipment of, or, if need be, themselves to provide and equip, studios and other premises for broadcasting purposes;
  • to make arrangements for the distribution of programmes broadcast by the corporation and to receive programmes to be broadcast by the corporation;
  • to do such things as are necessary or expedient for the purpose of turning to account any property or rights of the corporation.




General Managers

  • Dr. Allyson Leacock, 2002 – 2006
  • Austin Clark, 1975 – 1977
  • Ian Gale, – 1974
  • Doug Hoyte, 2016 – 2019 [6][7]
  • Sherwood McCaskie (acting), 2019 – 2020
  • Melba Smith, 1995 – 2001
  • Lars G.O. Söderström, 2008 – 2011[11]
  • Samuel Taitt, 1986 – 1994
  • Paul S. Watson, 1963 -[8]

Chief Executive Officers

  • Mr. Sanka Price, 2020 – Present [9]

See also


  1. ^ #BTEditorial – At 56, where do we take CBC from here?, 18 December 2019, The Barbados Today
  2. ^ B., L. (1 July 2011). "CBC moving transmitter site to the Belle". The Barbados Today. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2011. The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation's transmitter site, now in Lazaretto, Black Rock, is shifting to the Belle, St. Michael. This comes as the Lazaretto site, which houses two transmitter towers, is being taken up by the University of the West Indies' Cave Hill campus for expansion.
  3. ^ Thorne, Peter (19 March 2003). "Mottley: 24 Hour CBC". Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (published 8 May 2013). Archived from the original on 8 May 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2022. Mottley, who is also the Attorney-general, says in another 24 months CBC could also become a public owned entity. She said government intends to make shares of the island's lone television station available to members of staff, credit unions, trade unions and the general public.
  4. ^ SABC interested in partnership with Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
  5. ^ Arthur calls for privatization Archived 16 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 27 September 2012
  6. ^ "Grip on CBC". Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  7. ^ Members of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS (CBMP)
  8. ^ "Members of the Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Association". Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  9. ^ Staff writer (2020). "Our members". PMA. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation Act, Cap. 276 (as consolidated 2002)" (PDF). University of Alicante. 11 November 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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