Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has described the death of renowned journalist, Ken Richards, as a great loss to journalism in Dominica.
He spoke at a press conference on Thursday morning. Richards passed away on May 21, 2023, at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital after a period of illness. He was 67.
Skerrit described him as a “highly regarded” regional journalist who had a no-nonsense approach to his craft.
“Mr. Richards was a highly regarded regional journalist who reached the pinnacle of his success with the BBC Caribbean show,” he stated. “Many of us will be familiar with his firm, no-nonsense approach to journalism and broadcasting and I think his passing is a great loss to journalism in Dominica and the entire region. I sympathize with his family and I wish him a peaceful rest.”
The prime minister also extended sympathies to the media fraternity in Dominica.
“I take this opportunity to extend condolences to members of the media fraternity on the passing of your esteemed colleague Ken Richards,” Skerrit stated.
Richards was widely known in practically all forms of media including radio, print, and television.
In a career that spanned decades, he worked for the Government Information Service here in Dominica, at the Dominica Broadcasting Station, Radio Antilles, Voice of the Island Radio, Observer in Antigua, WINN FM Radio St. Kitts, Marpin Telecoms & Broadcasting, Dominica News Online (DNO), and the BBC Caribbean Service in London.
He will be laid to rest in his community of Pointe Michel on June 12, 2023, following a funeral mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Catholic Church.
The mass is expected to begin at 3:00 p.m.