The biggest news story blazing the airwaves over the past week has to be the deaths and sickness at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School. Very tragic, horrendous and extremely disappointing that it would take such a long time to determine what was causing the deaths in the school.
As a nation, we have, paid no attention to issues of public education and public health for so long a time and it is catching up with us. Children would suffer under conditions that could and should be controlled and parents would be wailing for wanting to educate their children.
BUDGET COVERAGE: It has been a very busy week for many in the media, hasn’t it? For what’s worth this was the week in which the 2018 budget was presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori Atta to the people’s representatives in Accra and if you work in the media you’d be very busy.
Of course, budget presentation these days are nothing compared to what we used to have when Dr. Kwesi Botchway presented budgets on live television in the 1980s and 1990s, but that notwithstanding, the approach to covering that in the face of hefty competition is a daunting task.
Groupe Nduom on Saturday 4 November inaugurated a Television Channel in the United Kingdom. Known as GNTV UK, the channel will operate on Freeview on Vision TV and Sky TV. GNTV UK is billed as “... the cord to link Africans and the continent's friends and partners in the UK and Europe to the African continent.”
GNTV UK will source some of its programmes from live feeds and other recorded content from TV channels managed by Groupe Nduom in Ghana and other West African countries. These include First News Network (FNN), Business Television Africa (BTA), Sports 24, and Amansan Television (ATV). Others are Faith TV, Ocean1 TV and Spyder Lee Entertainment TV (SETV). The new channel went live on Freeview in the UK on November 1st. It will start broadcasting on the SKY network on 16 November.
RADIO and television personality, Anita Erskine has been unveiled as the next guest for the fifth edition of the 2017 LEAD Series.
LEAD (Learn, Evolve, Apply, Dominate) organised by OMNIS2131 has had the likes of Hiplife Grand Papa Reggie Rockstone, blogger Ameyaw Debrah and Nabil Alhassan, CEO OF Event Factory pass through to share their experiences in the entertainment industry.
Four contestants have been eliminated from MTN Hitmaker 6 after the 16 finalists gave their first live performance at the National Theatre on Tuesday, August 12.
Paired for their first performance, the contestants had only one task, to impress the judging panel, made up of TV/radio host, Caroline Sampson, entertainment critic, Francis Doku and award winning music producer, Kaywa to ensure they got a slot in the final 12.
A private radio station at Akyem Oda, Ofie 105.9 Fm, has been crowned champion of radio stations in the Eastern Region.
The 23-month-old station emerged the overall best performing radio station out of 40 in the region competition dubbed, “Eastern Region in a Excellent Media Awards” held at the Lindador restaurant in Koforidua last weekend.
I have been writing this column, Listening and Watching with Francis Doku in this paper, Graphic Showbiz since July 2000.
That makes it 17 years of coming to you with my opinions on things, people and organisations in the broadcast value chain in Ghana.
I will have you know that in all the 17 years that I have been doing this, the number of times I have not produced a piece to any of the editors and acting editors who have ran the paper, to be published in the column won't be up to 17. I could be lying though, but who cares? You don’t, do you?
If there is one club football fixture that has the world watching, it must be the El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Only a handful of matches even come close to attracting as much attention as the game between the two Spanish giants. One of them is the Manchester derby between City and United, as the rivalry between the two splits the city down the middle.
Exactly a week ago today, South African filmmaker Tim Greene posted a video on his Facebook page accompanied by this text “THIS IS INSANE! Turns out Ghana's biggest movie this year is a word-for-word rip-off of our movie SKEEM!”