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Aug 23, 2017

Channel 5 is Toast of Caribbean Television – Multiple CBU Awards!

Great Belize Television’s Channel Five has once again emerged victorious at the annual Caribbean Broadcasting Awards Competition held on Tuesday night in Nassau, Bahamas.   As many as eight coveted prizes were won in fourteen various TV categories, including Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Coverage of Disaster Risk and Best Public Service Spot.  The awards were presented during a live television event at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island where the Forty-eighth Caribbean Broadcasting Union General Assembly was being held.  A total of fourteen members from ten countries within the region participated in the competition and submitted a total of one hundred and seventeen entries.  Receiving the awards on behalf of this company was Chief Executive Officer Amalia Mai, who also returns for a second year as Vice President of the CBU.  Earlier today, I sat down with reporters Isani Cayetano and Duane Moody to discuss their accomplishments, as well as mine, at this year’s recognition ceremony.

 

Isani Cayetano

Isani Cayetano

“It’s a proud moment from a personal point of view, in terms of having worked diligently in 2016 to be able to come up with stories that not only resound amongst the Belizean and the broader audience, but stories that resound across the Caribbean, as members of CBU, but more so a proud moment for us here at Channel Five.  The News Five team, we have all been putting in our pounds in terms of trying to snag some of these coveted titles, Marleni and Duane.”

 

Duane Moody

Duane Moody

“It’s interesting, you know, everyday you get to work, at times with different cameramen, different editors and you have this great idea and you sit down and you put it together and it takes time.  I think that’s what a lot of people don’t understand, they think that it just happens, and it doesn’t.  We always have to take into consideration the people that work along with us that give us these interviews so that we can put together these good stories and send them out there.  Remember, we are competing against all these other countries who have issues, the same as us here in Belize and we’re trying to get that message across, trying to, you know, grab the attention of these judges and I think it says a lot when we go out against so many different persons.  Like you said, one hundred and seventeen entries and to come out on top like this I think it’s big, something that we should give ourselves a round of applause for. “

 

Marleni Cuellar

Marleni Cuellar

“And it’s also a great opportunity to acknowledge the technical team that we work along with because they are also recognized in this process.  A lot of times people don’t realize that this is really a dual effort and what you see on television is only one part of it.  There are all the people who work behind the scenes.  So our cameramen and our editors are also included in these distinctions and we do have to say that the production company of Channel Five also, once again, put out some award winning productions and so we’re very proud of them as well.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate my personal cameraman.  Chris Mangar has been with me every step of the way for all of the awards that I’ve won so far.  He has been named as the cameraman/editor for my stories, so I just want to once again personally congratulate him on this win.  It means a lot and I’m sure of that and we’ll continue to work as a team and of course the other cameramen on the Channel Five staff.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“Absolutely.  And I think ultimately, while I think majority of the times the stories are produced not necessarily realizing whether or not we’ll be able to submit them the following year for awards, it is fundamentally for meeting the purpose of educating our viewers.  Sometimes helping to paint the proper picture as to what is happening in an individual case of Hurricane Earl.”

 

Videographers and editors Rick Romero, Jorge Tabora, Shawn Tewes, Darrel Moguel and Chris Mangar snagged awards this year. Great Belize Television/Channel Five – Winner of four Caribbean Broadcasting Union Awards for 2016, including Best Feature on Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Best Feature on Health Journalism, Best Coverage of Disaster Risk and Best Public Service Spot….with Special Mention for: Best Magazine Programme, Best News Feature, Best Disaster Risk Coverage and Best Commercial Spot. 

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