Tribute to Broadcaster Terry Holder
Today (January 8th 2014) I lost a friend, my senior professional colleague Terry Holder. He was instrumental in my development as a Broadcast Journalist. Terry was such an example, a guide and a mentor. He lived well and enjoyed doing what he did. Broadcasting in Guyana and the Caribbean is better because he played his part.
He taught me and countless others long before the BBC took it as its mantra that you have to “Live the story to tell the story”. You have to understand that you are talking to that ONE person out there who needs to know. You are not talking to or about your five friends at the bar. Those friends know you, he would say. Talk to that one person who needs to know what you know so that person could be better informed.
It was not how long you spent at the work place but the programme you produced. He encouraged you to go out and get the story. As far as Terry was concerned Broadcast Journalists never VISITED countries or news centres, they DID them. IT was never a vacation and you did a story on the side. Doing the place was part of doing the story.
His tenure as Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union resulted in the same passion. He was pleased to be associated with the Caribbean Song Festival, Caribvision and Caribscope. He had come full circle being on the ground helping to establish the Union then heading it administratively.
Terry always had the wellbeing of Guyana at heart. He returned to serve as Deputy General Manager of GTT and continued to promote and push the media to higher standards. He never gave up on his commitment to Sport particularly Cricket and Table Tennis. And he never shied away from questioning AUTHORITY, ever so politely but always diligently.
I am so disappointed that I am not in Guyana at the moment to convey my sympathy in person to his entire family and the Broadcasting and Sporting fraternity. I am out DOING the story.
So deeply saddened by his passing, Farewell Terry.