|Media Working Group|
The Media Working Group, effectively the executive committee of the Media Foundation, established the Media Council. Representatives of what were then the five primary news providers on the island — Bermuda Broadcasting Company, the Bermuda Sun, DeFontes Broadcasting Company, Inter-Island Communications (HOTT 1075) and The Royal Gazette — first got together in December 2008 to collectively set about establishing a media council. That move petered out (see Media Council Background) but the five-strong Group re-formed in May 2010 after the Media Council Act 2010 was tabled in the House of Assembly.
The Group pays the bulk of the costs of setting up/running the Media Council and media outlets are welcome to join the Group provided they are willing to meet the additional cost.
Popular radio personality Thaao Dill runs the morning show at HOTT radio and was a PLP Senator from 2008 until October 2010. He is the programme director at Inter-Island Commununicatons. Mr. Dill attended West Pembroke Primary and Warwick Academy and did a post-graduate year at Saltus. He spent a year in Basel, Switzerland as an exchange student, before studying for a communications degree at the South Alberta Institute of Technology in Canada. He began his career in the Bermuda Broadcasting Company and joined HOTT radio in 2004. A hip-hop music fan, he has cut his own CD Glasshead and has toured the U.S. with one of his musical heroes, sample-based producer and performer Joe Beats.
With more than 45 years in the news gathering business, veteran Bermudian newscaster Chris Lodge is one of Bermuda’s longest serving broadcast journalists and the morning anchor of VSB Radio News. Winner of two Best of Bermuda awards, Chris spent a number of years as chief overseas correspondent for the UPI Radio Network headquartered in London, reporting from such hotspots as Northern Ireland, Beirut, Athens and Paris to more than 1,400 stations worldwide. He is a founder member of the VSB Network of stations and is currently news director for DeFontes Broadcasting Co.
After working as a reporter for newspapers in the U.K. for six years, Tony McWilliam joined the Bermuda Sun as a senior news reporter in 1990 and covered all the major events on the island over the next decade. He won a Best of Bermuda award for his reporting and in 1999, after a spell as reporter/sub-editor, Tony was appointed editor of the Sun. He studied journalism at Richmond College, Sheffield.
Tracey Neale has spent more than 20 years in TV news. She was the 5pm and 10pm anchor of Fox News in Washington D.C. and won a slew of awards, including nine Emmys. Tracey won the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2000 for a documentary on AIDS in Africa; it also earned her two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Associated Press Award for Outstanding Journalism.
Tracey, who joined the Bermuda Broadcasting Company as News Director in April 2010 has spent many years working with the physically and mentally disabled.
She is the single mother of adopted Ethiopian twins Emebet and Eyasu Neale.
Bill Zuill has been a journalist since 1986 and Editor of The Royal Gazette since 1998. He was previously a general news reporter, political reporter, sub-editor and Assistant Editor at The Royal Gazette. A Bermudian, he graduated from Bermuda College in 1983 and from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts with a BA in history in 1986. He is married to Dawn and they have one son.