Longtime ZNS employee passes

The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) yesterday announced the passing of one of its longtime employees – Colin Trotman Jr.

He was 57.

A statement by BCB stated, “Colin joined the corporation on August 15th, 1978 and held various titles within the corporation.

“He worked on various national committees for the Broadcasting Corporation including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Independence Committee.

“He played a pivotal role in many major broadcasts such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM), state funerals, CARIFTA, IAAF, and the Ministry of Health’s Bio-Diversity Conference. He was responsible for all technical television productions at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas at the time of his death.

“Mr. Trotman dedicated his life to his work here at the corporation and played an instrumental role over the many years in its success on TV-13, Radio Bahamas and the Parliamentary Channel.

“He had an iconic presence at ZNS and he was respected by many colleagues and clients over the years. His commitment and loyalty to ZNS was in the category held only by a few. He will truly be missed.

“On behalf of the executive chairman, board of directors, management and the staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, we send our sincerest condolences to his entire family during this time.”

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell said Trotman was “a good man”.

“In his work at ZNS, he was a consummate professional and helpful in every aspect,” Mitchell said in a statement.

“His cheerful presence was a lift for those of us who worked around him in Parliament. We shall all miss this supporter of the progressive cause.”

Condolences poured in on Facebook with many friends and former colleagues expressing sorrow at Trotman’s passing.

Agnes Ferguson, a former anchor at ZNS, wrote, “Having had the opportunity to work with Colin for numerous years, he never allowed politics to cloud his judgement when it came to being fair.

“I was shocked and saddened by news of his untimely death, but the precious memories of our time spent together at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas will live on.”

Vanessa Clarke, of the BCB, wrote, “His contribution to the advancement of television media in this country has been remarkable, indelible and unforgettable.”

Former ZNS Executive News Director Andrew Burrows noted that Trotman loved life.

“We used to call Colin SpongeBob because Colin loved, loved, loved working at ZNS,” Burrows wrote on Facebook.

“Colin would come in on his day off, vacation even, just to help out. We’d joke that Colin would set up things to break down just so he could have a reason to show up to work. If the House of Assembly met when he was on break, he’d go by and still sit in the booth and help the guys out.”

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