Jamaican Ian Boyne Passes - The Consummate Journalist

By Basil Roman

Ian Boyne, well known and respected journalist, passed away at age 60 on December 17 after a brief illness. Host of “Profile”, Jamaica’s longest running television interview program, he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Services and was a Gleaner columnist for decades. Known for his very riveting interviews, revealing talks, Boyne was one of the cooler heads in his chosen field of Journalism, an internationally acclaimed journalist plying his craft for over thirty years. Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his deep sense of loss, shock and regrets on hearing of the death of Boyne.

The Prime Minister remarked that he was a fair, fearless and balanced communicator; Ian was simply the consummate communicator”. Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillip, expressing shock and sorrow at the passing of Boyne said, “He was able to, in a socially polarized and publicity divisive environment, maintain good relations with all segments of the Jamaican society, regardless of political and social status . . .” Phillips called him a patriot. Information Minister Ruel Reid had high praise for Boyne. “We at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information certainly benefitted from his professionalism, guidance, and support in so many of our initiatives”. Prime Minister Holness, who has lauded Boyne, announced that the government intends to honor him. Boyne was previously honored with the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 2009. Boyne is survived by his wife Margaret and three children.