Cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perriera said that it is quite an honour to have a media bursary named after him and he congratulated the West Indies Cricket Board for what he described as ‘forward thinking’. The WICB and the University of the West Indies (UWI), through the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications (CARIMAC), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for five bursaries to begin September 2017.
The five bursaries are being named in honour of five Caribbean media stalwarts. The honourees are the late Roy Lawrence and Tony Cozier; Tony Becca, Headley Samuels and Joseph Perreira.
Head of CARIMAC, Professor Hopeton Dunn says “the programme is geared towards affording students with a specific interest in cricket as they pursue further education in Media/ Communications programmes to include undergraduate studies in Integrated Marketing Communication, Journalism (Radio, Television, Print and Online) and Digital Media Production. This relationship is for three years.
WICB President, Dave Cameron says:”The investment is for US$150,000 over the period and the students who get selected for the bursaries will have access to work experience in WICB’s international and regional series and with other partners where applicable.”
Cameron noted that :”It was important that two of the oldest Caribbean institutions partnering for such an important programme, is a signal of the commitment of the WICB to continue on to facilitate the growth of cricket across the region. Education forms part of that role.”
Perreira speaking about the move said :”It was quite an honour to be named among two outstanding broadcasters in the late Roy Lawrence,& Tony Cozier and the outstanding Jamaican writer Tony Becca. I felt it was forward thinking by WICB to come up with this program of Bursaries and would like to wish those who are successful with their applications a bright future as journalists. It would be very unwise of me to think that what ever progress and contribution I made as a cricket commentator that I did it all on my own. In fact I owe a great deal to so many and it will be only fair that I credit and says thanks to people like Rafiq Khan, Hugh Chumondley, Ron Saunders and Terry Holder of Guyana. Leo De Leon, Dave Lamy and Neil Jiuseppi of (Trinidad and Tobago), Linde Delapenha (Jamaica), Jerry Richards, Gene Lewis, ViC Fernands( Barbados), Tannie Rose, Ivor Bird (Antigua), Bernard John (SVG) and Ray Roberts of Grenada.
“My deep appreciation goes out to the CBU for creating the many opportunities to cover W.I overseas tours and to Alva Clarke of the Commonwealth broadcasting association. I must not forget the important role of the many outstanding scorers during my active broadcasting life.”
The Guyanese born sportscaster added :”It was also and honour and privilege to have worked alongside the late and outstanding Tony Cozier, as he set such a high standard, it was impossible not to make efforts to get up towards the level of his commentary. At his passing, we were not just colleagues but close friends and he should of been knighted, for his contribution to WI and world cricket.