Ladies and Gentlemenâ€¦ members of the ttt fraternity.
My congratulations to all who made this event possible. I was told that the initiative came from the â€œyoungerâ€ members of the ttt staff list.Â Â Well done!
Fifty years ago ttt was inaugurated and today, the service no longer exists.Â In our hearts however; the memories of our individual and collective experiences live-on.Â Â This will forever be like thisâ€¦ because those who contributed to the growth and development of ttt from 1962 to the closing of its doorsâ€¦ also pioneered television in Trinidad and Tobago.Â The ten television services now operating all reflect a bit of ttt and you must be recognized for thisâ€¦ as you paved the way and laid the foundation for those now working in the television industry.Â A truly remarkable achievement.
We must also pay tribute to those who came from CBS-USA; Rediffusion-UK and Thompson International-Canada and set-up Trinidad and Tobago Television.Â They were also responsible for the initial recruitment and as such made it possible for many of us to be part of the Organization.Â Our thanks and appreciations go out to them.Â They will all be remembered for making tv possible in T&T.Â Thank you.
We are here today, some in the present and others like my self, in spirit.Â This is so because we all share a common bond of having been part of the ttt experience.Â Â That in many ways helped to define us as individuals in life and as professionals in the media.Â There are many who have departed and areÂ possibly together in the â€œbig studio in the skyâ€œ, we must not forget them and be thankful and appreciative that they added value to the development of ttt.
We must all be proud as we assisted, participated and contributed in making the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago a reality.Â The role of the media and ttt in particularâ€¦.must not be minimized in the weight of the contribution which was made to help establish the cross-over from a British Crown Colony to an Independent Nation, now also at fifty years and still evolving.Â ttt helped to establish and contributed to bind this new country.Â One of the core objectives of ttt was to develop the service for nation building.Â Â A vision which was remarkably executed by all who participated in a diverse range of locally produced programs.
ttt was a founding member of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and played a significant role in developing the television arm of the Union.Â Â It worked with fellow regional broadcasters to establish a Caribbean Community as mandated by CARICOM.Â Â ttt was also a Member of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Union and actively participated in a number of Global broadcasting initiatives.
While ttt is no longer a broadcast facility, the work which you did as contributors to the various aspects of local productions and with your service to the support systems, you made ttt a successful business venture for many years.Â Â That achievement will always stand firm and tall as the history books will always reflect the business of ttt as one of its outstanding successes.
The ttt experience is unique; as one had only a single opportunity to be part of the inauguration and the foundation building of television in T&T..Â The challenge lasted for many yearsâ€¦ from 1962 to the transmitter being turned off,â€¦ your diligence, creativity and love for the media did not diminish.Â This is the legacy of ttt, its Staff and Freelancers as well as the Advertising Agencies and Independent Producers.Â Â You made it possible for others to emulate and today there are hundreds whose livelihood came out of those pioneering efforts.Â Â Bravo!â€¦ Be proud of the part which you played to establish and develop the Trinidad and Tobago television industry and at the same time exposed the arts, culture and daily activities of the nation.Â Â You are amongst those Pioneers who helped to establish a new industry in a new nation and earned yourself a place in history.
ttt was not just a tv service but it was a community of people.Â Â There were many marriages; friendships for life and experiences which are forever etched in our memory.Â As we grow older, I am sure; many will recall the ttt experience as possibly being some of the best years of our youthâ€¦.Â In our lives…. no matter where we go, we will each carry a piece of ttt with us as well as the friendships which we made.Â The ttt spirit is alive and well amongst us.Â We should endeavour to ensure that these memories do not fade in the coming years.Â This is a challenge for the â€œyoungerâ€ members amongst us.
I wish each and every one a most pleasant celebration on this our 50th Anniversary.Â Â May your future years be enveloped with the satisfaction of having participated in a worthwhile endeavourâ€¦ for it was more than just a job,â€¦ it was a life experienceâ€¦. . thanks for the memoriesâ€¦. and for those of you with whom I had the opportunity of associating with on a personal level, â€¦you are not forgottenâ€¦ every now and again,â€¦ I chuckle at some of our shared experiencesâ€¦. tttâ€¦.may it live forever!
Farouk A Muhammad- Nov. 1963 to June 1978.
First National to become Program Director.
Daniella BarsottiÂ on behalf of our mom Angela, sister Reina and our husbands Tom and Amedeo and the grand sons Adam, Logan and Luciano