Media Council of Bermuda

Media council overview

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.

As of April 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

 
  TONY McWILLIAM Chairperson   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.

TONY McWILLIAM
Chairperson

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 CEO    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.

Don Burgess
CEO

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.

  QIAN DICKINSON    Qian Dickinson  is an eChannel Specialist at Clarien Bank, a radio personality on HOTT 1075 and a partner of BERMEMES who is well-known for his video interviews for the iconic social media group. He has over 15 years of web and social media experience.

QIAN DICKINSON

Qian Dickinson is an eChannel Specialist at Clarien Bank, a radio personality on HOTT 1075 and a partner of BERMEMES who is well-known for his video interviews for the iconic social media group. He has over 15 years of web and social media experience.

 
 
  JEREMY DEACON (Ex-Officio)    Jeremy Deacon  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.

JEREMY DEACON
(Ex-Officio)

Jeremy Deacon 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.

  CARLA ZUILL    Carla Zuill  has been a journalist in Bermuda since 2002. A graduate of the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, she worked for The Royal Gazette, becoming its first Special Sections Editor. She then went on to work as a public affairs officer for the Bermuda Government before joining Bermuda Broadcasting News as its assistant news director. In 2014, she founded todayinbermuda.com but closed the site in 2017 before launching women’s lifestyle website, www.sheHub.tv in May 2018. She is also a social media strategist.

CARLA ZUILL

Carla Zuill has been a journalist in Bermuda since 2002. A graduate of the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, she worked for The Royal Gazette, becoming its first Special Sections Editor. She then went on to work as a public affairs officer for the Bermuda Government before joining Bermuda Broadcasting News as its assistant news director. In 2014, she founded todayinbermuda.com but closed the site in 2017 before launching women’s lifestyle website, www.sheHub.tv in May 2018. She is also a social media strategist.

  JONATHAN KENT    Jonathan Kent  is Assistant Editor and Business Editor of The Royal Gazette. He has been in newspaper journalism since 1991 and previously worked in a variety of reporting, sub-editing and management roles at the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Mid-Ocean News.

JONATHAN KENT

Jonathan Kent is Assistant Editor and Business Editor of The Royal Gazette. He has been in newspaper journalism since 1991 and previously worked in a variety of reporting, sub-editing and management roles at the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Mid-Ocean News.

 

 

Acknowledgements

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)