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Monday, September 11, 2006 – A “new Caribbean television station” to come on stream later in the year, a “Caribbean Media Partnership on HIV and AIDS “ and “Training for journalists and other media workers “ were among the major points of discussion tabled at the recently convened 37th CBU Annual General Assembly.

Representing Saint Lucia at this important meeting was the Director of Information Services Mr. Embert Charles. He said the meeting highlighted some of the key accomplishments achieved by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union -CBU, over the past year and also outlined future plans .

“ As a parent agency for CMC - CBU was able to usher in a new Caribbean television channel called “Carib Vision” which is available to all Caribbean members of CBU. I have been advised that through cable -vision this channel will soon be accessed in Saint Lucia and we got reports of the launching of this earlier in the year, as well as the type of programming. It's really supposed to give daily updates of regional news as well as documentaries and so forth.”

The CBU meeting chaired by President of the CBU Vic Fernandes . He called for regional media collaboration on educational initiatives to increase public knowledge of HIV and AIDS.

“ Media executives were invited to commit their agencies to support a region wide public education campaign on HIV/AIDS. This programme is being coordinated by a small steering committee made up of executives and a lot of the content which includes television productions, Public Service Announcements – PSAs, radio productions, news releases. Radio productions will be shared among members in order to assist the Caribbean addressing the issue of HIV/AIDS education” Charles explained.

The Caribbean Broadcasting Union's 37th Annual General Assembly attracted a strong showing by the Saint Lucian media to the island of St. Maarten where the meeting took place.

Meantime serving as the communications backbone of the region for World Cup 2007
the CBU is exploring ways of providing support services to foreign media for coverage of the event
“A number of outside media agencies would be coming into the Caribbean
to cover World Cup and it presents the opportunity for members of CBU to offer services to these media agencies on terms that can benefit these agencies both financially and professionally.”

The region's media representatives were also greeted with some motivational news. The C BU has given the nod to the revival of the CBU Annual Awards and to expand it to include the print media.

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