Guam media icon Lee Holmes dead at 89

(Photo courtesy Greg Champion)

Lee H. Holmes, the founder and former president of Guam Cable TV has died.

Holmes launched Guam Cable TV in 1971 and ran the company until he sold it in 1997 to Marianas Cable Vision.

Former colleagues and employees have posted tributes to his passing on social media.

In his tribute posted on his FaceBook page, former Guam Cable TV News anchor and reporter Greg Champion wrote: “After 14 years I learned the fine qualities of a Marine officer from him: Courage to stand by your convictions. Fairness. Teamwork. Honesty and a belief in contributing to a better community in which we live and raise our families.”

On NewsTalk K-57, Jayne Flores, another former Cable News anchor and reporter, said Holmes “was always fair” and “he let us do our thing when I was in news … and he stood by us and backed us, and it didn’t matter if it was an advertiser.”

2019 has seen the loss of a number of Guam media pioneers including former K-57 talk show host John Anderson and Sorensen Media Group founder Rex Sorensen.