Gordon 'Butch' Stewart (right) Chairman of the Jamaica Observer and Senator Burchell Whiteman, Information Minister (representing Prime Minister P.J. Patterson) unveil a plaque symbolising the official opening of the newspaper, located at Beechwood Avenue in Kingston, yesterday.
THE 10-YEAR-OLD Jamaica Observer officially opened the doors to its new home at 40-42 1/2 Beechwood Avenue in Kingston yesterday. The company was previously located at 2 Fagan Avenue, St. Andrew.
Government representatives, media practitioners, civic and business leaders attended the historic occasion which featured an abundance of congratulatory and top quality entertainment under multi-chromatic lighting.
In his message read by Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson commended the newspaper on its achievements over the past decade. He said that while there has been technological advancements in the media similarly level of professionalism and an enthusiasm for news should remain consistent.
According to Mr. Patterson, with the liberalisation of the media to promoting freedom of the press, media practitioners as an information agents should continue to assist with the educational development especially of the nation's children.
"I urge you to develop some new programmes that will help us," the Prime Minister noted referring to Thursday's launch of the Education Task Force.
The 10-member task force will conduct a thorough review of the education sector.
Chairman of the Jamaica Observer, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart said the achievements of the company were commendable. "Getting here was not easy and it was not by mistake," he said adding that "What ever it takes it will be given to ensure that the Observer stand the test of time."