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Ian Boyne remarkable, inspirational

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 11:05 PM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Many Jamaicans, in particular the journalism fraternity, must be saddened by the passing of a remarkable individual who has contributed significantly to development and has supported communication which helped to empower the society on the whole.

The late Ian Boyne motivated and inspired people from all walks of life with his inspirational and educational interviews, so much so that many youngsters and adults alike were always enthused as they were reeducated and given a vision of themselves on the different programmes he hosted .

His most popular programmes - Profile, Religious Hard Talk, also Issues and Answers - provided mentorship for many Jamaicans who were taught how to be determined and persistent as they strive to be individuals of excellence in their field of endeavour, or in life in general.

At the same time, Mr. Boyne certainly made a big difference because he enabled viewers to believe that they could accomplish their goals and aspirations in life.

He was a giant in the field of journalism who consistently informed the general public without fear or favour, while he tried to be objective, not giving his personal feelings when he wrote his political columns over the years.

Indeed, his colleagues in the fourth estate, especially those at The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) where he was employed directly, would have learned the art of disseminating effective information from him. That he demonstrated throughout his career.

Surely, the late Ian Boyne stirred the views and interests of the Jamaican people getting them to focus on development support communication which involves the sending of information, to and fro, whereby when understood, action is taken for transformation to take place.

Valentine Pearson

valenempearson@yahoo.com