First black radio announcer for BBC

Dwight Whylie, first black radio announcer hired by the British Broadcasting Corp., died Sept. 16, apparently of a heart attack, while visiting Barbados to be chief judge in the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s Media Awards. He was 66.

Jamaica native joined the BBC’s domestic services in London in 1961. He returned to Jamaica in the early 1970s and headed the Jamaica Broadcasting Corp. He later became the first black announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where he worked for 20 years.

At the time of his death, Whylie was chairman of Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission. He also wrote a newspaper column for the Jamaica Observer and in March 2001 served as an observer of the highly charged general elections in Guyana.

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