The Board Chairman of the revamped TV Africa and chairman of Groupe Ideal; Dr Kotei Djani, has served notice to the workers of the media organization that, he would not hesitate to sack journalists, who exhibit unprofessionalism, while working with the company.
As the Board chairman, “I will personally sanction anybody who flouts principle and order on professionalism.
The standards have fallen and there is need to raise it for the economic betterment of the country”.
He minces no words to say that, he is not comfortable with the standards of media practice in the country.
Dr Djani, served this warning at the launch of the official takeover of TV Africa, a television owned by the renowned film maker, Kwaw Ansah in Accra.
In attendance were the Minster of Education; Prof Naana Jean Opoku-Agyemang, Ga Mantse, Nii Bonie Tackie Laste, who was the chairman for the occasion, Nene Abram Kabu, Chief of Dodowa and President of the Greater Accra regional House of Chiefs, Ade Coker, Greater Accra regional chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joe Ghartey, MP for Essikado-Ketan in the Western Region and Rev. Lawrence Tetteh, an international evangelist, among others.
He said, Ghana was nowhere near the level everybody could be proud of, even though the country has the potential to rock shoulders with the likes of Cable News Network (CNN) in the United States of America (USA).
In recent times, reporters don’t report on issues well in the country citing a situation where a reporter met somebody who claims to be an expertise on the economy and without much research on the part of the journalist, the expert makes an erroneous comment that the Cedis will hit five to a Dollar by the end of November.
According to him, this practice of ill journalism goes to put pressure on the economy, where out of panic
Business people start changing their moneys into Dollar denominations.
“This was neither the fault of the Minister of Finance nor the governor of the Central bank of Ghana but the fault of the journalist who failed to do proper journalism”.
A lot of our journalists of today do not report well on issues, thereby making it affect the gains of the economy.
He explained that when team Groupe Ideal took the decision this year to venture into media and communications, it looked round found no better alternative than partnering TV Africa, a station established by a well resourced man of all times.
He revealed that as part of the takeover of shares in the television company, team Groupe Ideal, has invested in technology and branding for the station.
With this partnership, he added that journalism practice will be moved to the levels that would be appreciated by all in the country.
Earlier, Kwaw Ansah, founder and president of TV Africa, was hopeful the station being the first privately owned television station under the new leadership of the Board chairman, will make tremendous gains in the sector.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TV Africa, Kojo Frempong, urged the viewers to be focus on the products that would be churned out by the station in the next few months.