Trinidad and Tobago Culture

Trinidad and Tobago Culture and Mass Media

Newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago

According to CONSTRUCTMATERIALS.COM, Trinidad and Tobago is a country located in North America. The spread of newspapers in Trinidad and Tobago is relatively high (123 copies per 1,000 inv., 2000). There are three daily newspapers, all published in the Port of Spain: Independent Trinidad and Tobago Express (edition: 55,000 copies), Trinidad Guardian (50,000 copies) and Newsday.

In addition to the state radio company International Communications Networks Ltd (founded in 1957), there are several private, including Trinidad Broadcasting Co.. Trinidad & Tobago has two broadcasters, the state of Trinidad & Tobago Television Co. (founded in 1962) and in 1991 started private CCN TV6. There are 532 radio and 340 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).


According to CALCULATORINC, Trinidad and Tobago have one of the Caribbean’s most complex cultures with European, African and Asian traditions.

Calypso is a style of music that was born among the slaves in Trinidad in the late 18th century and was a way of satirically criticizing the whites. Today, the texts ironize over current issues. A modern form, soca, mixes calypson with soul music from the USA. Among the Indian descendants, in turn, a mixture of soca and classical Hindu music is called chutney.

The steel bands arose in connection with the oil boom after World War II, when they started playing with sticks on tuned oil barrels, pans, with African drums as a role model. The annual carnival mixes the country’s various forms of music and dance with a well-developed artistic tradition with imaginative costumes and scenery.

In connection with Christmas, parangs, songs in Spanish originating in neighboring Venezuela, are often sung to accompaniment of guitars and maracas.

The Trinidad-born writer VS Naipaul is one of the most famous portrayals of the Caribbean today. He writes both fiction and professional books. Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mass Media

The constitution guarantees freedom of the press and is generally respected in practice. Anyone who is convicted of defamation, however, risks prosecution.

The legislation regarding prosecution charges was changed in 2014, but high fines or imprisonment for up to two years can still be imposed. There are also threats and harassment against journalists, both from organized crime and from security forces.

The country has three newspapers: Trinidad Express, Trinidad Guardian (founded as early as 1917) and Newsday. It also publishes several weekly magazines and magazines.

The state-run media company Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) operates three radio stations and one TV channel. According to a government decision 2017, CNMG’s predecessor T&T Television will resurface and the broadcasts will to a greater extent have local character. The country has several commercial radio stations as well as the privately owned TV 6, which is the most popular TV channel.


Percentage of the population using the internet

77 percent (2017)

Number of mobile subscriptions per 100 residents

140 (2018)

Trinidad and Tobago Culture

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