The Democratic Labour Party pays tribute to former media giant Harold Hoyte who died at the age of 77 yesterday.
Below is the full text of the message.
It is with profound sadness and deep regret that the Democratic Labour Party notes the passing of Harold Hoyte, co-founder and Editor Emeritus of the Nation Publishing Company Ltd.
Even though we were aware that he was not in the best of health in recent times, his passing has still come as unwelcome news.
Harold was an icon of Caribbean journalism, an entrepreneur who staked everything he owned on a fledgling tabloid that would become Barbados’ leading newspaper and later the precursor to the regional media giant known today as One Caribbean Media.
His visionary leadership initiated the sponsorship and publication of political polls, something previously unheard of in Barbadian media which in itself would forever change the tenor of political discourse in Barbados.
Following his sojourn in journalism he authored a series of books chronicling the life and times of scores of local politicians as well as reviews of the roles of others; texts that are being used and will continue to be reference points for local political scholars and the merely curious.
His passing will unquestionably create a void in the regional journalism and political arena. His contribution cannot be duplicated.
The Democratic Labour Party would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, his children, siblings and close friends.
May his soul rest in peace.