Tuesday 20 August, 2019

PHOTOS: Glowing tributes from the media for Boyne

Nationwide News Network boss, Cliff Hughes (left), and the RJR/Gleaner Group Chief Executive Officer, Gary Allen, sandwich veteran media colleague, Christine King, at the service of thanksgiving for late journalist, Ian Boyne, on Sunday.

Nationwide News Network boss, Cliff Hughes (left), and the RJR/Gleaner Group Chief Executive Officer, Gary Allen, sandwich veteran media colleague, Christine King, at the service of thanksgiving for late journalist, Ian Boyne, on Sunday.

The media paid homage to former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne, with four distinguished members all describing the late journalist as a hard worker, who enhanced the profession in Jamaica, at Boyne’s funeral service on Sunday.

Cliff Hughes, owner of Nationwide News Network; President of the Press Association of Jamaica, Dionne Jackson-Miller; Chief Executive Officer of Radio Jamaica/Gleaner Communications Group, Gary Allen; and Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna Marie Rowe, all gave glowing tributes to Boyne.

Hughes described Boyne as a voracious reader, who was always in pursuit of getting the competing arguments fairly represented. He said that it is a trait that Boyne had received countless criticism for, some of which came from him (Hughes), which Boyne never frowned on.

According to Hughes, he and Boyne shared a close friendship. He further described Boyne as a "decent human being", who had fixity of purpose and self-belief, including playing his part in making Jamaica a better place to live, work and do business.

For Jackson-Miller, Boyne took preparation seriously, and she joked about the time it took for the pre-interviews for his ‘Profile’ progamme on Television Jamaica, to be done. She said that it took twice as long for the pre-interviews than it usually took for the actual taping of the programmes.

She said Boyne maintained a passion for journalism even after decades, and was not afraid to take on many issues and to call out people. She said Boyne did not spare even his media colleagues.

Allen said that Boyne, between ‘Profile’ and ‘Religious Hard Talk’, hosted almost 2,000 episodes. He said the RJR/Gleaner Group is looking into whether or not this can be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

He described Boyne as a respected journalist, who was "not afraid to ask the tough questions".

Allen said Boyne was a rare gem in the Jamaica communications and media industry.

"He was a gem to know and a gem to work with," said Allen.

Brooks outlined what Boyne meant to some members of the JIS staff, saying that they knew him much more than just his public figure.

Loop News capture photographic highlights of the thanksgiving service, which are presented below.

(Llewellyn Wynter photos)

 

Boyne's thanksgiving service

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