Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, has lauded the determination and commitment of the Sunday Herald, which has kept the newspaper going for over a decade.
In a message delivered by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Faith Innerarity, at the Herald’s re-launch and Advertisers Awards Ceremony 2008, on Monday (March 30) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Miss Grange noted that the re-launch was taking place in a very difficult environment, based on the current global crisis.
She added, however ,that challenges bring new opportunities and expressed confidence that the Herald will be able to exploit the opportunities and ensure the success of the undertaking. The Minister also commended New Generation Publishers, the new owners, for their courage in undertaking the venture at this time.
Minister Grange said that the Sunday Herald has developed a reputation for fearless, investigative reporting.
“This tradition will serve you well, as you seek to expand your circulation and grow your advertising support,” she said, as she urged advertisers to continue supporting the newspaper.
Miss Grange also used the opportunity to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to press freedom.
Chief Executive Officer /Executive Editor, Sunday Herald, Christene King (left) and Managing Editor, Sunday Herald, Desmond Richards (second left), present the ‘Top Billing Agency’ award to representatives of OGM Integrated Communications Limited, Creative Director, Colin Wheeler (second right) and Director of Client Services, Senya Brown, at the Sunday Herald’s re-launch and Advertisers Awards Ceremony, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, on March 30.
She said that the Government cherished the view that freedom of expression is a cornerstone of democratic rights and freedom, and is essential in enabling democracy and fostering public participation in decision making.
“It is also critical for individual dignity and building of our society,” she added.
Managing Editor of the Sunday Herald, Desmond Richards, congratulated the stakeholders who have contributed to the success of the newspaper.
“We are committed as ever to bring the news to the Jamaican public in a timely (and) accurate manner,” he added.
Advertisers who received awards included: Waterworks Limited; the Marketing Counsellors; OGM Integrated Communications Limited; Creative Unit Limited; and Dunlop Corbin Communications.