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Press Association of Jamaica to honour ‘News Anchors of Excellence’

Press Association Jamaica Of Jamaica | 2012-12-04 00:00:00

Five news anchors, representing some 150 years of excellent service to the broadcast media will be honoured at the 2012 Press Association of Jamaica Veterans’ Luncheon  on Wednesday December 5  at the J Wray and Nephew Spanish Town Road headquarters.

Pat Lazarus, Tony Patel, Fae Ellington, Dorraine Samuels- Binger and Ruth Ho Shing are regarded as standard bearers who have stood the test of time. For many students of journalism, the clarity of diction, authority of presentation and voices that are easy on the ear are synonymous with these presenters.
Pat Lazarus began her career in Television at Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation in 1963, shortly after the introduction of television to Jamaica. She trained on the job in the context of ‘live’ broadcast, decades before the relative ease of video and edited broadcasts.  

She moved into television in 1964 and quickly developed a reputation for her clarity of delivery of the evening news, her ability to deliver the news with minimal reference to the script, and her proficiency in conducting live impromptu interviews were exemplary. 
Tony Patel, regarded as being one of the longest serving news anchors in local media, was first employed to the Jamaica Information Service Television in September 1965. His journey has taken him through the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation and KLAS more than 40 years in the business.
Fae Ellington entered major media in 1975 as a producer/presenter. She has one of the most recognisable voices in local media. She has been anchor, host, announcer, interviewer, lecturer and trainer - serving in almost every possible capacity in broadcast media over a very distinguished career.
Dorraine Samuels-Binger was encouraged to enter the media profession in 1980 after her natural talent of announcing grabbed the attention of  managers in the broadcast sector.
She took the challenge and within months of in-house training, entered the Broadcasting world in 1981, at Radio Jamaica Limited.
This is the second time that the PAJ will recognize Mrs. Samuels-Binger, as in 2005, she received an award for her outstanding contribution to the development of the Jamaican media.
Ruth Ho Shing began her involvement in broadcasting more  than 20 years ago when she joined the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) as a television production assistant on a wide range of locally produced religious, discussion, drama and live entertainment programmes.

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