A newspaper publisher has been recognized in the National Independence Honours, and not for the first time.
After receiving a ‘Gold Crown of Merit’ in 2001, Publisher of the Barbados Advocate newspaper Anthony Theophilus Bryan has been accorded a ‘Companion of Honour’ in 2016 “for his outstanding contribution to publishing, broadcasting and business”.
A self-made businessman, Bryan started his first publishing company, Crown Caribbean Publications, in 1972 and went on to release several magazines, including the first in-flight magazine distributed on Caribbean Airways flights to Europe. He also published several books, including academic textbooks used by the University of the West Indies.
Ten years later, he branched out into broadcasting, forming Barbados Broadcasting Service (BBS 90.7FM) and pioneering Barbados’ first privately owned FM radio station.
In 1998, he launched his first newspaper, the Action Newspaper, and two years later he took over the Barbados Advocate, the 105-year “old lady” of Fontabelle.
In 2006, he launched the Grenada Advocate before going after a more youthful demographic with his Heat newspaper.
Also receiving the ‘Companion of Honour’ as part of the island’s Golden Jubilee celebrations is Dr Henrick O. C. Ellis “for his outstanding contribution to the development of Barbados in the area of Public Health, specifically in the fight against HIV/AIDS”.