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.
As of September 2019, the Media Working Group will consist of the Chairman, the CEO, the immediate past CEO (ex-officio), one representative each for the three members with the most press passes, and two elected representatives. every three years, members of the Media Council shall nominate people to be representatives. No media group shall have more than one nominee. Every Media Council member shall have one vote.
In case of a vacancy of an elected representative, a bye-election will be held to fill the remainder of the term. If there is lass than six months remaining in the tern, no one will fill the post until the next regularly scheduled election.
The Media Working Group shall meet a minimum of once every three months to conduct the business of the media Council. Business may be conducted in-between meetings via email.
The Media Working Group’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Making adjustments to the structure and functions of the Media Council
Making adjustments to the Code of Practice
Making appointments to the Appointments Committee
Scheduling workshops as opportunities to raise the standard of journalism
Nominating and approving new members of the Media Council. New members are not official until they have signed the Code of Practice and paid the $50 fee per journalist/photojournalist.
Media Working Group Members
The members of the Media Working Group sincerely thank the following individuals and organizations that helped, either directly or indirectly, with the initial establishment of the Media Council of Bermuda:
Ian Beales (Press Complaints Commission, U.K.)
Stuart Courtney (MediaHouse)
William Craig (ex-CEO, Bermuda Broadcasting Co.)
Jeremy Deacon (The Royal Gazette)
Chris Gibbons (Kaleidoscope Media)
The Gleaner Company
William Gore (Press Complaints Commission, U.K.)
John Hamer (Washington News Council)
Tom Mitchell (Press Council of Ireland)
Press Council of India
Press Council of South Africa
Lindsay Ross (Commonwealth Press Union)
Gerri Saltus (Bermuda Sun)
Alison Shadbolt (Bermuda Sun)
Sam Strangeways (The Royal Gazette)
Steve Thompson (MailBoxes Unlimited)