Jan 08, 2011 News
The Guyana Press Association has reported that it is deeply saddened by the passing of veteran broadcaster and journalist Mr. Clement Ezekiel Compton Eric Wilberforce ‘Clem’ David.
Mr. David will be remembered for his sterling contribution over the years towards the Guyana landscape as a journalist and broadcaster. His voice for many years woke us up and in some cases was the last voice we heard before we went to sleep, the GPA stated.
Clem David became a steady presence in many homes through our radios and television sets and built a very loyal following with his “Sunrise Morning Show” on CNS 6, a following that was encouraged every weekday morning to “come together”.
As a journalist and News Editor he was never afraid to investigate further to get to the bottom of a story and reminded local journalists throughout his professional life that they were the voice of the people and ought to take that job seriously.
He would often guide young reporters about their writing style and enunciation and pronunciation and encouraged many of them to stick to the facts and seek out the truth. He, personally, was never discouraged by the barbs thrown at him during his career as a journalist.
The Guyana media corps has lost a true colleague and friend and the country as a whole has lost one of its shining stars.
The GPA extends sincerest sympathy to relatives, friends and colleagues of Mr. Clem David. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Sandra Seeraj, herself a veteran journalist, and former information officer in Guyana, said as a member of Guyana’s extended media fraternity “I am as saddened by news of the passing of one of our stalwart journalists, Clement “Clem” David.
Clem, as he was familiarly known, will be remembered for his dedication to professionalism and integrity. He was a stellar newscaster, an incisive interviewer and a caring mentor to newcomers into the profession.
He is now in the company of such radio and media greats as Cecil Griffith, Harry Harewood, Charles McKenzie, B.L Crombie, Pancho Carew, Matthew Alleyne, Bertie Chancellor, Roland Phillips and others. They’ve all left their mark in journalism in Guyana. May they now rest in peace.
My life is richer for having shared some time with Clem. May he rest in peace.
Prince Maison, another former broadcaster, said that he was saddened yesterday morning, waking up to the news of Clem’s passing.
“It was a delight to have known him, to have been a colleague with him at GBS, and later GBC; to have anchored news with him on major newscasts “The World at Noon” and “The World at Seven” before it was shifted to the 7.30, and then the 8.00 O’Clock News.
“It was nice to have team-covered with him a wide range of events, starting with the Bourda Market Fire in the 1970’s where we first met, to history-making civic and political events such as the Inaugural Opening of the National Cultural Centre in Durban Backlands; visits of Heads of State and Foreign Dignitaries, and PNC Annual Conventions. Together we shared a passion for change and development and growth in a young, independent Guyana. We were so competitive about the best story, or the better news presentation in newsroom terms, that it even translated to GBS sports – athletics, and cricket.
“So long, dear friend.”
Orin Gordon, broadcaster and journalist BBC Global News; London Times said that Clem was editor-in-chief when he joined GBC newsroom in 1989.
“He was very supportive as a boss, and easy-going and quick to laugh. People caught up the maelstrom of Guyanese politics have their view. What I can say is that Clem gave me a lot of latitude.
“I interviewed Cheddi Jagan at Freedom House, at a time when opposition voices almost never made it on air. Clem gave me complete freedom to get both sides on the radio. He was a mentor. Those of us who worked with him recognised his skill as a radio journalist.
We owe him and mourn the passing of a really nice guy.”
Jackie Smartt in her tribute to David described the late broadcaster as the consummate professional who was always respectful towards me and ready to impart words of wisdom if asked.
“I was an intern at GBC from 1983 to 1984 and he and Cecil Griffith would include me in whatever was happening in the Newsroom if I happened to be there during our long lunch breaks.
“I couldn’t just sit there, I had to do some sort of research or type something up for them, needless to say I enjoyed myself immensely and learned a lot.
“I’ll miss him and I’m sure that he’ll continue his broadcasting career on the next plane…he’ll definitely be missed.”
Mike Archer in his tribute said Clem David would be missed.
“He was of my generation of broadcasters and media personnel. It is without exception that I shower praise on him for his devotion to Journalism and the many causes he championed on be-half of the Guyanese, Latin American and Caribbean peoples. Clem David was a weight-lifter- a sports-man, and a very formidable debater too.
“It is with sad heart and gratitude for having been his friend and colleague, that I extend my deepest sympathies to his Friends, Relations and Loved-ones. May he forever rest in peace!”
Ras Leon Saul said that Clem was more than just a colleague and cousin. He was a brother! Moreso, Clem David should be remembered as a nationalist, patriot and revolutionary.
“We worked together in the media during the heady days of the socialist revolution in Guyana, and he was among the best journalists and radio/TV commentators that this country produced. The resonance of his famous voice may be stilled but memories and archives will keep his fire alight. May he rest in peace.”
Hugh Hamilton, another broadcaster said that he was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Clem David’s passing, and wished to convey his sincerest condolences to Clem’s family and friends.
“More than a colleague, Clem was also a loyal and trusted mentor and friend. Like many who came of age professionally in the sometimes turbulent political and journalistic environment of the early- to mid-1980s, I had the unique privilege of learning the craft of radio reporting from Clem.”
“As a reporter and editor, he was a master craftsman whose unflappable composure even under the most intense of deadline pressures was a marvel to behold.”
Clem was also gifted with a singular voice and captivating delivery that elevated his radio presence to the status of sonic art. Radio was his life, and he gave it his
all. Allan Martindale stated that it is with great sorrow that he learned that we have lost another great Journalist, colleague and friend.
“I will always remember Clem for his professionalism as a media practitioner, his advice and feedback as a mentor and his warmth as a friend. I first met Clem in 1977 at the Guyana Broadcasting Service where he was a News Editor in the GBS news room.
“I would later be fortunate enough to collaborate with him during his stint at the Guyana News Agency which was located directly across from the GBS studios. Clem helped me to understand news gathering concepts and the importance of observing the various nuances of a story.
“I was happy to meet Clem last September at a gathering in Guyana which was held at the former GNS sports complex in Thomas Lands.
“I will miss him as he joins the other greats who went before him. Our condolences go out to his family members at this time of great sorrow and loss.”
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