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Spaulding most influential media innovator, says Holness

Friday, November 17, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed “deep regret at the passing of Chairman of the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, J Lester Spaulding.

“Lester Spaulding was a shrewd businessman, his leadership in media and business was exemplary. He was unquestionably one of the most influential business leaders and media innovators in Jamaica's history,” said Holness.

Spaulding died in hospital this morning in Kingston after ailing for some time.

Spaulding began working with Radio Jamaica some 53 years ago and rose through the ranks to become its managing director and chairman.

“My prayers and sincerest condolences are with his widow, family and the members of the RJR/Gleaner Group at this time. His passion and drive for the industry will be missed,” Holness added.

Spaulding has led the company through several mergers culminating with the latest with the Gleaner Company.

He served as managing director of Radio Jamaica from March 1978 to October 1, 2008.

He also served as chairman of Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Caribbean News Agency (CANA), president, Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), head of the Media Association of Jamaica, and board member of the National Crime Prevention Fund (CRIMESTOP), among other boards.

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