September 29, 2023


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‘A tragic loss for journalism’ | Entertainment

The passing of outstanding journalist, editor, lecturer, communications expert and former Tv Jamaica information anchor Michael Sharpe early Tuesday early morning has experienced an effects on men and women from every sector, including leisure. Sharpe, who was a staple in a lot of households as the 7 o’clock television information anchor, touched many lives, regardless of whether he was regarded to them individually or not.

For audio analyst Clyde McKenzie, Sharpe’s passing has left a void that will not be quick to fill. “I’ve recognised him for 30-odd a long time, when we were being each at JBC. He was a rather pleasant man, and he would just take the younger journalists out and introduce them to the persons who they really should know. He was often that mentor. Above the yrs, we weren’t so substantially in every other’s room, but we would trade pleasantries from time to time. He was someone who beloved new music and was quite educated about it,” McKenzie reminisced.

He also recalled that Sharpe, a 40-calendar year veteran in broadcasting, truly at the helm of a audio programme on radio at a person phase. “Michael experienced a jazz programme in the late 1990s, and he was really excellent at it,” the analyst mentioned.

He extra, “I was stunned when I listened to that he was in medical center mainly because I did not know that he was ailing. But I was hoping that he would be again with us shortly. Michael had very a bit to offer. He’s the kind of journalist that you don’t get every single day. His passing is a substantial reduction to media.”

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Enjoyment manager and functions décor expert Bridgette Anderson experienced to keep back the tears. “I have known Michael permanently. He and I were being users of the similar youth group when we attended the St Andrew Parish Church. From my teenage yrs, I keep in mind Michael remaining a great soul,” Anderson reminisced.

“It kinda pull me up this morning when me listen to, not lying even now, I come to feel like crying. Michael was a journalist par excellence and a consummate qualified. Over the yrs, we would see each and every other occasionally, and it was usually pleasant. I hope his soul rests in peace,” Anderson, who manages reggae singer Samory I, said.

Journalist and producer Claude Mills highlighted Sharpe’s “quick wit and razor-sharp intellect” as characteristics which he admired.

“I comprehensively liked his one particular-on-one interview with Joel Andem at the time. Andem arrived off as rather intelligent and mainly held his individual with Sharpe. I imagined it was [a] bold shift and a scores winner for TVJ’s Exposure programme at the time, specified that Andem was a big determine in the felony underworld. Michael Sharpe experienced a specified attraction and sangfroid about him, a sort of icy metal less than tension, even when he was working with mercurial figures and prickly personalities,” Mills claimed.

“Michael Sharpe is a major-class journalist whose existence will be sorely skipped in journalism,” he concluded.

New York-dependent enjoyment writer Anthony Turner claimed Michael Sharpe was the journalist who retained the diaspora educated on happenings in Jamaica. “Michael Shape’s sudden dying is a tragic loss for journalism. Immediately recognisable for his exclusive voice, for practically four decades, he retained us right here in the diaspora knowledgeable of happenings on the ground in Jamaica, irrespective of whether it was politics or recent affairs. He was admired for asking probing concerns. He and co-anchor Dorraine Samuels were remarkable journalists and associates of the dynamic aspiration crew on Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) Prime Time Information. RIP Michael,” Turned reported.

Key Minister Andrew Holness lauded the award-profitable journalist for “[dedicating] himself to the craft of journalism and holding Jamaica informed”, and observed that “Michael was fearless and sharp in his protection and commentary”.


Michael Sharpe’s bio states that he labored briefly at The Gleaner and the Jamaica Info Support upon his return from journalism scientific tests in New York. He distinguished himself although masking the Grenada Invasion in 1983 and joined the employees of Radio Jamaica later that exact 12 months. He gained recognition for his protection of the one particular-social gathering parliament in the 1980s, and commenced the morning characteristic, Inside of Gordon Property.

He served as deputy news editor for RJR Information in the 1990s and also hosted a night-time converse exhibit, Sharp Talk, which served as an outreach car or truck for a lot of deprived people who introduced their needs and considerations to him. When JBC Television was renamed Tv Jamaica (TVJ), Michael Sharpe turned the experience of evening information when, for additional than a ten years, he co-anchored Primary Time Information on TVJ with Dorraine Samuels.

At the time of his passing, Michael Sharpe was information functions manager at Jamaica Information Network, component of the RJRGLEANER Communications Team.

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