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Sir Charles Carter dies

Former cabinet minister and veteran broadcaster Sir Charles Carter has died. He was 78 years old.

Carter, who had been ailing, passed away on Saturday, according to his family.

With a firm grasp of Bahamian history and a reassuring voice, Carter made a mark in Bahamian broadcasting, amassing a dedicated following on radio.

He later entered frontline politics and served as a Progressive Liberal Party Member of Parliament and a Cabinet Minister.

“He was a faithful adherent and supporter of the progressive cause,” according to PLP Fred Mitchell who issued a statement on Carter’s passing.

“The party commends him to Almighty God and thanks him for his inestimable contributions to our country and its national life,” Mitchell said.

After stepping away from frontline politics, Carter continued to serve the public by launching 102.9 Island FM, a radio station dedicated to promoting artists in the Bahamas and the region. Through his station, Carter kept the voices of talented Bahamians on the airwaves in contrast to his competitors who favored American music.

It was his belief that Bahamians ought to be recognized and celebrated by their own.

In 2016, Sir Charles visited Buckingham Palace, London for his investiture as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) for his services to broadcasting and the media in The Bahamas.

Charles Carter is survived by his wife Lady Muriell Carter and his sons Eddie and Mark.

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