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The Media Council of Bermuda is the eight-strong panel that hears complaints against the media. It has five lay members (including a chairman) with no current connection to the news media and three members nominated by the media, one each to represent print, broadcast and web. The council is scheduled to meet monthly but this could change subject to the volume of complaints.

Members will sit on the council for a minimum of one year; their tenure will be reviewed annually by the Appointments Committee.


Christian Luthi, ChairmanChairman Christian Luthi is a director in the Litigation & Insolvency Department of law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. His practice encompasses all aspects of civil and commercial litigation. The major part of his practice involves the conduct of litigation in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, or arbitrations conducted in Bermuda. A graduate of Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, and Oxford University, he is an accredited mediator, Chartered Institute of Mediators, honorary secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bermuda branch, and chairman of the Bar Committee on Continuing Education.


Wendell Emery, Deputy ChairmanDeputy chairman C. Wendell Emery, MBE, JP, worked at Butterfield Bank for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2006 as Executive Vice President Operations and Information Technology. He started his career in Trust and Investments and worked in most divisions of the bank, including Retail and International. He attended Northlands Primary School, Howard Academy and Shaw Business College in Toronto and is a 1995 graduate of a Harvard Business School programme for management development.

He was a member of the Public Service Commission from 1977 to 1995 and served on other Government Boards, including the Bermuda Hospitals Board.

He is married with two adult daughters and one grandchild.


Rosemary JonesRosemary Jones, who represents print media on the council, is president and editorial director of Brimstone Media Ltd., a company specialising in publications and museum exhibit production. A journalist with more than 20 years experience, she has been a reporter for The Royal Gazette, the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Star, and was editor of The Bermudian magazine from 1994 to 1999.

She has authored several books, including Bermuda: Five Centuries, published in 2009, Hall of History (2011), and Moon Handbooks Bermuda (2011). She has also edited numerous publications, including Lennon Bermuda and Masterworks at 25 (both 2012). She has produced exhibits for the National Museum of Bermuda and for the Bermuda Zoological Society at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo.

An avid runner, she has competed in the Bermuda, New York and Boston marathons. She was creator of the PartnerRe Women’s 5K, and served as that event’s race director for a decade.


Charles Webbe, Broadcast MediaVeteran journalist Charles H. Webbe, who represents broadcasters on the council, started his career at the Bermuda Recorder and was trained at the Thomson Foundation School of Journalism in Cardiff, Wales. He worked in the United Kingdom and also for the Mid-Ocean News and ZBM. He later joined the Department of Tourism where he spent 34 years. During his career in tourism, he hosted numerous travel journalists and celebrities at the home he shares with his wife, Carolyn. Upon his retirement, he returned to journalism as a news reporter for the DeFontes Broadcasting Company.

An avid cook and art collector, he broadcasts the Sunday service at the Anglican Cathedral, where he has served as a vestry member and people’s warden.


Qian Dickinson, Online MediaQian Dickinson represents the online-only media outlets on the council. He studied IT at Oakwood University and is currently an IT Specialist at W&W Solutions Ltd. He is also a partner of VATV, Bermuda's first social media network. Established in 2007, VATV has received two awards from the Bermuda Government's TECHWEEK initiative. VATV also acquired the twitter name @cupmatch and partnered with Digicel, the Bermuda Sun and to deliver the first social media coverage of Cup Match. Music is his favourite pastime. He is co-host of the Saturday Supermix on HOTT 1075, a DJ, using the name Vybez Alliance, and a professional violinist, first picking up the instrument at age four.


Kelly FrancisKelly Francis is president and founder of human resource consulting firm Performance Solutions Ltd, a company she launched in 2000. A graduate of Boston College and Stevens Institute of Technology, she has had 25 years experience in the human resource and organisational change management industry. She is a member of the Society of the Human Resource Management and the American Management Association and World at Work.

Currently a trustee of Saltus Grammar School and Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, she is a past president of the Bermuda Human Resource Association and the Sunshine League and a former member of the Board of Education and the Bermuda Red Cross.


Robin HenagulphRobin Henagulph served for 25 years in the Bermuda Police Service, retiring as Chief Inspector. He is a recipient of the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service and a Long Service Medal.

Married with three adult sons, and a broad range of interests, he was a founding member of the Sea Horse Anglers Club, a founder of the Personal Computer Club and vice captain of Renegades Rugby Football Club. He was a past president of the Saltus Association and past secretary of the Bermuda Track and Field Association.

A member as well of the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society and a director of BN Henagulph and Associates, he is an avid reader of newspapers and has a keen interest in media issues.


Amanda OuterbridgeA former journalist, Amanda Outerbridge worked as reporter and assistant editor at The Royal Gazette, and then editor of the Mid-Ocean News. She became Executive Editor of Bermuda Marketing magazines, including Bermuda Business. For 10 years she was Executive Director of the Bermuda National Trust. Since 2003 she has been employed by the XL Group, as Managing Editor and Publisher, Global Head of Internal Communications, and, currently, Executive Director of the XL Foundation.

Government board service has included: Women’s Advisory Council, Tourism Board, Development Applications Board, and Historic Buildings Advisory Committee. As an original member of the Sustainable Development Round Table, she was part of the team that developed Bermuda’s first Sustainable Development Plan.

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