|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.
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.
Don Burgess has a wealth of journalistic experience; he was with the Bermuda Sun for 20 years, rising to the rank of Deputy Editor, and covered the 1996 Olympics as a sportscaster for VSB TV. More recently, he has written for local magazines, contributed articles to the New York Times and managed social media profiles for Bermuda clients.
Jeremy Deacon, the spouse of a Bermudian, is a 30-year veteran of the media industry in Bermuda and the UK, having worked at senior management levels on morning and evening newspapers. A former Assistant Editor at The Royal Gazette, he now runs his own public relations company, Deep Blue Communications.