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The UWI and Caribbean Media Partners Launch UWI-TV

For Release Upon Receipt - November 24, 2016


The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in partnership with CaribVision, the regional cable service of the Caribbean Media Corporation and the RJR Group in Jamaica are set to operate UWI-TV, a new multimedia public information and education service. The media launch event takes place on Friday 25, November 2016 at the Main Conference Room, New Administration Building, The UWI Cave Hill Campus from 10:30 a.m. EST.  It will also be streamed live via

UWI-TV will go live on December 1, 2016 - initially for three hours per day - and offer a variety of programmes showcasing the scholarship and many public events and activities that take place daily at the University.

This partnership with CaribVision will deliver UWI content to millions of viewers in 22 Caribbean country markets as well as the large Caribbean Diaspora communities in New York, Toronto, Montreal, London and Europe. UWI-TV’s cable service will be complemented by a robust web and social presence, allowing users to programmes in real time or on demand. 

According to The UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, “We are now in a new phase of television.  Technology has enabled us to view programming on a variety of platforms.  It has compelled us to create programming more quickly and more efficiently. The UWI has decided to use the opportunity that these new technologies offer, to share ideas, to dig deeper, think broader, reach higher for our understanding of our region and our world, to forge ahead with a pantheon of ideas.  For us, the medium is the message”.  

The UWI-TV initiative demonstrates the outcome potential of partnerships between industry and academia which forms part of the Triple A Vision outlined in the University’s new strategic direction:  alignment between industry and academia for wealth creation and distribution; expansion of access to tertiary education and increased agility to global opportunities.



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About CaribVision

CaribVision was launched by the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) in August 2006. This cable channel is available in 22 Caribbean territories, on Cablevision in the New York Tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), Canada and the United Kingdom. It is an information and lifestyle channel which broadcasts a variety of culturally rich and entertaining Caribbean programming including news and current affairs, sports, drama, sitcoms, soaps, entertainment, lifestyle shows and everything Caribbean. CMC’s mission is to position this channel as a first class consolidator of quality Caribbean programming while steadily forging ahead as the “eyes and ears” of the Caribbean.


RJR Communications Group

RJR Communications Group is home to seven brands with international appeal - delivering news, current affairs, human interest stories, sports, family entertainment and great music. It also operates Multi-Media Jamaica Limited which offers technology solutions.

Making a positive change through broadcasting is not only its raison d'etre; it is a legacy it does with delight and renewed commitment daily. The Group’s social responsibility as the standard bearer in the industry bolsters its dedication to articulate and adhere to Truth, Accuracy, Integrity, and Fairness.

The RJR Communications Group's success story is intrinsically linked to its unrelenting pursuit of excellence through germane programming, technological progression, investment in highly skilled creative teams and the protection of its reputation of being principled corporate citizens.

The entities of the Group operate as limited liability companies which are publicly traded on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The Group boasts an enviable range of shareholders, from ordinary Jamaicans to large government and private sector organizations.


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a fully-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) Visit