A Communication Expert says he rates broadcast journalism in Ghana number in Africa.
Speaking to ghanabusinessnews.com in an exclusive interview for a video report on the state of journalism in Ghana, Mr. Kofi Tsikata said “when it comes to broadcasting quality, and the materials that are there, I rate the Ghanaian media number one in Africa. But when it comes to newspapers, I think South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya do better than the Ghanaian media.”
He said, the Ghanaian media which is considered the Fourth Estate of the Realm, with little resources, compared to the other arms of government like the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary has done a lot for the country. “If the media benefitted even a fraction of what the other arms of government benefitted from, we would have gone very, very far, but that’s not the case,” he said.
He said notwithstanding the resources challenge, the media is forging ahead and competition is rife.
He noted that the private media is doing quite well, except that “a few of them are becoming too adventurous every now and then.”
Mr. Tsikata argues that in spite of some of the challenges including politicization, the “Ghanaian media is ranked among the top three in Africa.”
His full remarks and that of some experienced journalists are included in a video report on the state of journalism in Ghana, to be published soon on www.ghanabusinessnews.com.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi