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!”
Out-dooring of chiefs; historical story-telling; horse-riding and processions; traditional clothing, fashion and food exhibitions; dancing contests and traditional games are some of the components of this year’s Zongofest which was launched in Accra last Thursday.
The management of Kumasi based radio station Ashh FM has reinstated Daasebre Agyei Dwamena, the broadcaster who was suspended indefinitely for faking his disappearance.
Daasebre Dwamena went into hiding on December 7, during the general elections and created fear and panic among his employers, friends, family and members within the media fraternity who thought he was missing. His last known location was Akyeremade in the the Ashanti region.
The blood-curdling screams of a young woman being circumcised at sunrise opens the film, The New Sun. From the start, the subject matter is downright emotionally disturbing, however, that is the sense the filmmaker intends to leave with the viewer.
There is a kind of love-hate relationship between Ghanaian comedians and the entertainment media. The kind has over the years raised tempers, especially from the comedians who suspect that despite all they have done to elevate that aspect of the arts, the media still does not give them the due respect.
Before we got to this place, some people in the media had held the view that many of the comedians we had, especially the stand-up comedians, were not funny.
At the time the leading characters were David Oscar, Foster Koobi and a few others. Those were the graduates of the Charterhouse-organised comedy reality show as part of Stars of the Future.
I must admit that some of the criticisms were too hard. Most of those criticisms were not constructive enough to give room for the budding talents of the only comedians we had to grow fully well to the point that we would enjoy what they gave us.
The reason, if one may find it, was because many consumers of comedy had been exposed to the Nigerian comedians like Gbenga Adeyinka, Gordons, Basket Mouth, Klint da Drunk and a host of others who always graced the 1000 Laugh and Music stage.
We were comparing the budding Ghanaian comedians to the very well established Nigerian comedians who has been doing this for well over a decade before these young men got into the game. But there was the need for a standard and the Nigerians came handy!
The comedians at the time did not take kindly to this tagging by the media. The most known face for comedy at the time, call him the poster boy comedy, was David Oscar and he met the critics head on. He demanded that they were shown some respect as they were doing their best.
As things would be, the comedians took things into their own hands and started organising their own events. They would go on tours to campuses and other places to have their own shows and no matter how it came off, they were living their comedic lives as they wish. Even if they were not invited to the big stage of the music and laugh series, they would brighten the corner where they were.
When he came back from the Big Brother house, DKB found a way to join this new uprising in the comedy space. He was part of the bandwagon that would go to campuses and organise comedy events at the Silverbird at the Accra Mall to hone their career.
I think the moment that changed most of this things and in the favour of the Ghanaian comedian had to be when Funny Face slayed it on the big stage in 2010 when he managed to ensure that the Ghanaian comedian would have his place among well-established Nigerian comedians.
There were then other opportunities for others on that stage over the years. There were times when they were made to act as hosts and other times appear as performers throughout the period. Meanwhile, the show was still ongoing on campuses and the small stages.
Overtime, other comedy shows came to rival the one organised by Charterhouse. There were some that couldn’t survive and the eventual output were not very great. Then also came the one organised by Nabil Alhassan and his Event Factory not too long ago.
Over time, all these shows gave opportunity to the Ghanaian comedian and gradually they were building their profile and act as well as art to sell to us their craft.
The new breed of comedians such as DKB, Foster (who has been around through all these phases), Khemikal, OB, Jacinta Ocansey and the squad thus had the opportunity to hone their craft properly.