Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 17th 2015 Contents Wednesday, June 17, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Managing Director of Guardian Media Limited
The Guardian is an iconic newspaper, the
oldest in Trinidad and Tobago. We are
two years away from marking our
100th anniversary, and you'll be hearing a lot
from us on that score in the coming months.
We look back nostalgically as much as we
look forward with great confidence and ex-
pectation, because as one door shuts, an-
other one literally opens. Our new space
specifically designed for modern newsgath-
ering and delivery.
We will maintain a bureau in Port of Spain,
to cover parliament, the courts and other
capital-centric stories, but being in the centre
gives us an opportunity to look at our rich
and varied nation from a new vantage point.
The news business and consumer habits
are changing fast, and the Guardian must
evolve to keep pace competitively as the
traditional media shift has begun in Trinidad
and Tobago. Digital media consumption rises
quickly, especially in mobile fuelled by
declining broadband costs. We have seen an
exponential growth in our digital readership
with well over 1 million unique visitors to our
website every month.
The new dispensation creates new
opportunities and challenges. The market will
demand new ad and audience solutions and a
more solutions oriented approach including
greater integration. Audience generation and
engagement becomes a critical differentiator
in increasing market share even in the face of
As such moving to Chaguanas is part of our
strategic re-positioning. After all with the
advent of technology and the ubiquity of
smart devices, geography is becoming less
We had already moved our printing press to
Chaguanas, and now our newsroom sits on
the floor above. Testament to Guardian Media
Limited's commitment is that we have
brought core operations Guardian Media
Limited to Chaguanas as well -- Finance,
Marketing, IT Support, Sales and the
Managing Director's office.
As we transition to that modern digital era
integrated media company we look forward
to an exciting and transformational future.
We are confident that our strategic
investments in new digital products,
technology and people will firmly position us
to continue to be relevant and sustainable,
now and for the next 100 years.
Editor in Chief
In Guardian years, I've been here only 5 minutes,
so the responsibility of closing the door -- turn-
ing out the lights -- at the old lady of St Vincent
Street weighed heavily. There's magic in old,
iconic newsrooms, and I've worked in a few. They
become dated operations and facilities to be sure,
but there is no place quite like an old newsroom
with history. All the big stories, the ones that got
away, epic fights, flighty flights, cranky old edi-
tors, and perfumed young wannabes who were
clearly using the place as a staging post to TV.
Many of us are old enough to have started with
typewriters, with bottles of whiteout at the ready.
The computer revolution, in those days, consisted
of installing humongous machines in which the
floppy disks really were floppy.
I've been here before. When I was with the BBC
World Service we shuttered the most famous
building in the media, Bush House on The
Aldwych in London in 2012. It was sad to leave,
but many of us grew to love our new
surroundings at Broadcasting House. Not Theo,
though. Even as his life as a reporter was made
far more easy by residence in a building purpose
built for a 21st century multimedia operation, he
would determinedly refer to his new place of work
as "the call centre."
The rest of us learned to love new loves -- new
coffee shops and sandwich delis and a whole
new lunch routine. For us on St Vincent Street,
no more Pancho's or nuts man or fruits man.
Others will take their place. From my Port of
Spain office every few hours on the hour, the
church bells at Holy Trinity would peal Amazing
Grace, a wordless rendition of the greatest song
ever written that never failed to swell my heart.
It was a much looked forward to part of my day.
I have grown to love and revere the old lady in
my short time at helm of this terrific paper, but I
wouldn't change my new work space for
Others are better placed than I am to tell the
story of this special place.
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