Bahamas: A Statement from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on the Passing of Sir Charles Carter
I was saddened to learn of the death of Sir Edward Charles Carter at the age of 78. Sir Charles was a genuine lover of Bahamian culture and a broad casting pioneer. When he spoke of our arts or music one could hear the passion he had for his country and people.
Sir Charles began at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas in 1964 as a radio announcer. He spent years promoting Bahamian culture and played an instrumental role in bringing television to the country.
Sir Charles rose through the ranks at the Corporation to the top post of general manager. Along the way, he was the national voice of numerous broadcasts and programs that enriched our understanding of ourselves as a people. His signature voice was recognized throughout the Commonwealth.
Sir Charles entered frontline politics for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). He served as the Member of Parliament for the Holy Cross constituency from 1982 to 1992. He also served in Cabinet as Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In his post-political life, Sir Charles had further successes. He created Carter Marketing in 1993 with his sons Eddie and Mark. He received a radio license in 1999 for Island FM, a station focused on Bahamian music and culture. Sir Charles also served for a period as publisher of The Nassau Guardian.
As an acknowledgement of his extraordinary service to the country Her Majesty the Queen knighted Sir Charles in 2016. Sir Charles was a cultural giant who did his part to ensure that knowledge of Bahamian culture passed on to successive generations. He loved our traditions and passed on this love with great exuberance and passion.
Sir Charles lived a life of extraordinary accomplishments. On behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I extend heartfelt condolences to Lady Carter and the entire Carter family on the death of Sir Charles.