Minister Grange expresses sadness following death of Lester Spaulding

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Mr. J. Lester Spaulding Chairman of the RJRGleaner Communications Group.

Minister Grange said that Mr. Spaulding, who died in hospital this morning, will be remembered for his "tremendous contribution to the development of broadcasting in Jamaica and the Region."


Miss Grange said: "His contribution stood out from the time he moved from the position of Chief Accountant to General Manager at Radio Jamaica and the work he did as head of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, all of which preceded his leading RJR through its expansion up to its recent merger to become the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group.


"He also contributed to the development of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) and nurtured the formation of the Caribbean Media Corporation being its inaugural Chairman in 2000."


She said another achievement of Mr. Spaulding worth highlighting is that he presided over the introduction of the worker participation structure at RJR which resulted in the company's workers owning shares in the organisation.


The Minister said Mr. Spaulding, who will also be remembered as keen sportsman himself, playing a lead role in the Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament for years, did much to promote sport and Jamaican culture in the broadcast media.



Minister Grange said Mr. Spaulding was thoroughly deserving of all the honours bestowed on him, among them the Order of Distinction, Commander Class; induction into the CBU Hall of Fame in 2001; the Caribbean Peer Awards Lifetime Achievement; the Caribbean Media Corporation Award of Excellence for Leadership and the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica's Millennium Man Award.


The Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister expressed heart-felt sympathy to Mr. Spaulding's widow and sons, the RJRGleaner Communications Group, his friends and associates.


"May his soul rest in peace," Minister Grange concluded.



Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange


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