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NMC urges State-owned media to collaborate

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Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo

Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, Chairperson, National Media Commission (NMC), has urged state-owned media houses to collaborate towards enhancing their visibility and operations.

He said though they were in competition, they should not look solely at that because they had many things in common, which through collaboration could impact positively on the organisations and on national development.

“For instance, if GBC is organising a programme and Graphic or Times gives coverage to it, it widens and extends the scope of coverage and visibility,” he said.

Mr Boadu-Ayeboafo said this at an orientation for board members of the four state-owned media organisations in Accra.

The orientation provides the opportunity for participants to learn from one another on their challenges and successes through peer reviewing and from experts in the industry.

It is also to shape their visions by examining strategies to improve the lives of their workers and the organisations.

The NMC Chairperson entreated the boards to continue to maintain their integrity and independence, saying, their allegiance should be to the interest of the citizenry.

“The Constitution provides for the insulation of state-owned media from government control, so we urge you to be independent as possible,” he reiterated.

Nana Kwaku Dei I, Board Chairman, Ghana News Agency, called for broader consultations with the State Interests and Governance Authority on reviewing some legislative instruments of the media houses to enhance their financial retooling.

He said that would help enhance the finances and operations of the state-owned media.

“We need to have some engagement with them about the instruments.

“We fought for media independence, we did not for financial independence,” he stated.

Source: GNA

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