The Caribbean Times

The Caribbean Times was a British weekly newspaper that was first published in 1981 by Hansib Publications, a publishing house for Caribbean, African and Asian writers and their communities, founded in London by Guyanese-born businessman Arif Ali in 1970.[1][2][3] The newspaper covered news, sport and social developments in the Caribbean, targeting the UK's West Indian and African-Caribbean population. It was "an important anti-racist campaigning organ"[4] and the UK's oldest Black weekly newspaper.[5] Hansib brought out other publications, including the weekly Asian Times in 1983 and the African Times in 1984, but in 1997 sold off the newspapers in order to concentrate on producing books.[2]

The Caribbean Times was subsequently published by Ethnic Media Group Ltd, and in 2006 was merged with the New Nation,[6][7][8] which had launched in 1996.[9]

After Ethnic Media Group went into administration in 2009,[10] the rights to The Caribbean Times and other titles were sold.[11]


  1. ^ "Hansib Publications Limited", AIM 25 - Archives in London and the M25 area.
  2. ^ a b Marika Sherwood, review of Caribbean Publishing in Britain. A Tribute to Arif Ali by Asher Hoyles and Martin Hoyles (review no. 1106), Reviews in History.
  3. ^ Fay Wertheimer, "Minority publisher celebrates 40th birthday", The Guardian, 24 November 2010.
  4. ^ Winston James, Clive Harris, Inside Babylon: The Caribbean Diaspora in Britain, London: Verso, 1993, p. 275.
  5. ^ "Caribbean Times", Write Words.
  6. ^ Mark Sweney, "New Nation and Eastern Eye revamped", MediaGuardian, The Guardian, 7 December 2006.
  7. ^ "Change of strategy for ethnic titles", Ri5, 11 December 2006.
  8. ^ Joanne Payne, "Ethnic Media Group relaunches newspapers as two titles axed", BrandRepublic, 8 December 2006.
  9. ^ Alasdair Reid, "Media: Spotlight On: THE AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN PRESS; Can New Nation shake up the UK’s Afro-Caribbean market?", PR Week, 29 November 1996.
  10. ^ Sally Newall, "Potential buyers emerge for New Nation newspaper" Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Press Gazette, 23 January 2009.
  11. ^ Owen Amos, "New Nation saved from closure after buyer is found" Archived 24 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Press Gazette, 25 February 2009.