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Veteran ZBM cameraman dies aged 62

A veteran ZBM cameraman and news gatherer has died.

Arnold Landy (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Arnold Landy II was 62.

Mr Landy was also known for his work as a carpenter and was a keen fisherman.

Tari Trott, a ZBM news anchor, reported on Thursday night that he and his colleagues were “devastated” by the news.

Mr Trott added: “Those of us who worked with Arnold will miss his unique sense of humour and his ability to be conciliatory.

“I certainly will miss his fidelity to the ethics and principles of journalism, which he wasn’t shy about vocalising whenever he saw fellow journalists going astray.

“He was always a voice of reason in the room, among others.”

Jannell Ford, a veteran broadcaster, said: “I have many, many fun stories that I could share about Arnold – but my heart is so heavy that I cannot.

“All I can say is he was one of my closest friends and colleagues.”

Mr Landy was interviewed last year after the death of his former colleague James Talbot, a videographer and former producer at the Bermuda Broadcasting Company.

Mr Landy said at the time he enjoyed the competitive atmosphere at the BBC in the early 1980s.

He said working there “was about pride and our pride showed on TV every day”.

Mr Landy’s only son, Alonzo Landy, died in the United States last December.

Trevor Lindsay, a journalist and former colleague at ZBM, said the loss of Mr Landy’s son “broke his heart”.

He added: “He was all about family.”

Mr Lindsay said: “Working with Arnold, he was a stickler for getting in position and getting that shot. He stopped at nothing. After he got the shot, he got the details of the story.

“We took the news seriously and took it to a whole different level.

“He was also very fair and not competitive, but when he had to put his foot down, when things were challenging or a situation in the newsroom was not to his liking, you heard his voice.”

Patrick Singleton, the chief executive at the Bermuda Broadcasting Company, said: “We’re all extremely sad to learn of Arnold’s sudden passing.

“He worked at BBC for a long time before he retired a few years ago.

“We are thinking of Arnold’s family at this difficult time.”

Suzann Roberts-Holshauser, a former One Bermuda Alliance MP and ex-employee at ZBM, said Mr Landy had “a heart of gold”.

She said Mr Landy looked after a stray cat that came on to the station’s grounds.

Ms Roberts-Holshauser said Mr Landy was “an honest, sincere man who will be greatly missed.”

⋅ Arnold Leroy Landy, a broadcast journalist, was born on February 25, 1959. He died on March 17, 2021. Mr Landy was 62.

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Published March 20, 2021 at 8:41 am (Updated March 20, 2021 at 8:41 am)

Veteran ZBM cameraman dies aged 62

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