As we continue our salute of one of Barbados’ foremost media stalwarts, veterans in the industry have been sharing their personal experiences with Ridley Greene, who entered the profession in 1965 and is currently celebrating his 50th year –– his golden anniversary.
Tony Cozier, former editor of the Daily News, and renowned international cricket commentator.
It was the Daily News where he started.
I was there with my father; and quite a few people who have come through the media and have done really well were at the Daily News –– Gabby Scott was there, Sam Wilkinson. Harold Hoyte and Carl Moore would have come in from the Advocate, and would have met up with Ridley then.
I do remember Ridley when he first came in. He was raw; but from early on he had a flair for design, laying out pages and so on.
He started out as a sub-editor. He learnt very quickly. He wasn’t always the life of the party, even though he is a big musician and so on; but he was conscientious, definitely!
And for me it is outstanding when one can achieve 50 years in the same business and be doing the same things for so long.
Harold Hoyte, Editor Emeritus of The Nation Newspapers.
Ridley Greene showed promise from a very early age. I always identified him as an essential cog in any successful newspaper, and he lived up to my expectations.
His grasp of issues, his writing skills, layout and headline writing –– he really is the complete journalist in that sense.
I truly enjoyed every opportunity I had to work with him, from the Daily News in the 1960s right through to about two years ago. I called on him several times and he never disappointed me.
George Hall, former Advocate news editor and CBC news director.
I met Ridley when I was a reporter at the Advocate and he had joined the subs-desk. One thing I always admired about him was his use of the English language to start with. He and the late Denzil Agard were two of the subs whose style and use of the English language I always admired.
Of course, Ridley subsequently went on to The Nation, and it was there that he continued his own unique style of writing and editing. I think he has made a mark for himself in that respect.
On the personal side, Ridley always had a point of view to which he stuck, despite whatever arguments might be advanced in the opposite. Again, that you must admire him for, because you would have to say at least he was consistent.
I would call him a friend of mine, and we served together on the Barbados Association of Journalists when it first started. I think he has made a significant contribution to journalism in Barbados.