Culture Minister regrets passing of Michael Sharpe

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Kingston, 20 April 2021 - The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, said today that, “Sadly, ‘Sharpe Talk’ has come to end with the passing of Michael Sharpe, easily one of the country’s most influential broadcast journalists.”

Michael Sharpe, the longest serving journalist in the RJR/GLEANER Group, died this morning at the age of 65.

Minister Grange said:
“Michael will be remembered for his special brand of journalism which saw him becoming an outstanding talk show host as well as one who provided insightful political coverage and commentaries.

In fact, he played a large role in popularising night time talk radio with the introduction of his legendary Sharpe Talk show. It is on record that Sharpe Talk reached out to many disadvantaged persons who brought their needs and concerns to Michael and whom he helped through his fund raising efforts.

We will also recall that he won national recognition for his coverage of the one-party parliament in the 1980s. Also very popular was his “Inside Gordon House” review which spoke about happenings in the Lower and Upper Houses.

Not only had his voice become familiar to the nation, so was his face as he became one of Jamaica’s top prime time television news presenters.

In his latter days, not only was Michael News Operations Manager at Jamaica News Network, but he took to teaching. That was the measure of the man.

For Michael Sharpe, Journalism was not merely a profession but was his passion. We certainly will miss the voice and face of a man who through this passion provided us with news, views and much more.

My sincerest condolences to his family, to the RJR/Gleaner Group and to his colleagues, friends and associates inside and outside of the media fraternity.

May his soul rest in peace."

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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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