The following is an official statement released by the Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), paying tribute to media giant Owen Baptiste, on the occasion of his passing.
TTPBA STATEMENT ON OWEN BAPTISTE’S PASSING
The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) expresses its deep regret and condolences to the family of Own Baptiste on his passing.
In 2008, Mr. Baptiste received the TTPBA’s Award for Media Excellence for his contribution to the “Development of Print Media in Trinidad and Tobago as Journalist, Editor, Entrepreneur and Author, and for the establishment of the tradition of Local Commentary and Public Debate”.
Owen Baptiste’s career that started with the Guardian, saw him as one of the most formidable editorial competitors there and he became Editor-in-Chief. He also served as Editor of several publications, including the Trinidad Chronicle, the West Indian Sportsman, the London Mirror Group of Newspapers, and the Trinidad Mirror.
Together with a group of journalists, he was instrumental in the birth of the Trinidad Express, over the years serving as Editor In Chief, General Manager and Managing Director. At the Express he worked at including feature writing and commentary from social commentators like Lloyd Best and others.
During his time at the Express Newspaper, Owen weathered many situations that could produce a crisis of conscience for an editor who felt he was doing the right thing.
He went on to establish his own publishing company, InPrint Caribbean, producing “People Magazine” and his expertise was drawn on for the establishment of the Jamaica Observer.
The TTPBA is grateful for his impact on the careers of several senior journalists and considers his passing a great loss to the media industry.