Media General, a leading media conglomerate in Ghana, Thursday rolled out its programmes for the coverage of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections on November 7.
Under the tagline the ‘Election Command Center’, Media General is rallying all its brands for this all important national assignment, bringing to Ghanaians all they need to know about this year’s general elections.
Media General is the proud mother of TV3 Network Limited, MG Digital Media (3news.com), and Onua 95.1 FM all in Accra. Other vibrant brands of Media General are Accra-based 3FM 92.7, Connect 97.1FM in Takoradi and Akoma 87.9 FM in Kumasi.
The Election Command Center comes with the catchphrase ‘we are the Specialists’, which depicts the vast and longstanding experience of the Media General groups when it comes to covering elections.
Today’s launch of Media General’s election coverage began with a live show on TV3’s flagship programme the New Day, which hosted presenters from the other sister stations who threw more light on what the audience should expect from the respective stations.
The programme was aired concurrently on all the Media General platforms across the country as well as live streaming on 3news.com.
Later in the morning, a short ceremony was held at the studios of TV3 to officially launch the Election Command Center and ensure that the individual brands are unfettered to deliver the best to the Ghanaian electorate and observers.
Board Chairman of Media General Dr. Kojo Yankah officially launched the group’s election activities.
“We have put together a well motivated team that will bring to our viewers, listeners and readers news as it happens – the Election Command Center – where our specialist will expertly dissect the issues on all our platforms
“This we should do in a high sense of professionalism, total commitment and fairness,” he declared.
There was the newspaper review segment with Bridget Otoo hosting the NPP MP for Akwapim South O.B Amoah, NDC’s Bede Ziedend who is the party’s parliamentary candidate for Lawra-Nandom, and a member of the CPP Rhoda Ayanah.
Issues discussed included the controversial Ford Expedition vehicle gift to President John Mahama by a Burkinabe contractor Groupe Kanazoe.
The panel also dissected the Supreme Court ruling on the case involving former PNC Youth Organiser Abu Ramadan and the Electoral Commission.
OB Amoah accuses the NDC of overly defending the EC but Bede Ziedeng parries that saying what the NDC does is to defend the law.
3FM 92.7 takes it turn
Nii Henry Dottey, the Managing News Editor, and Sedem Ofori Head of Productions MG Radio, are representing Media General English speaking station, 3FM 92.7 to share with viewers and listeners what the station has in stock for them.
The station promises to dish to listeners the best election coverage as it assures the public of covering all political parties and airing the divergent opinion.
“We are unbiased and fair, and we don’t focus on just two political parties,” Nii Dottey pointed out.
Sedem capped it by stressing, “we are bringing electoral issues to the people with our programming…we have content to suit your needs during this election season”.
Political Parties Executives in the Greater Accra
Executives of various political parties in the Greater Accra Region have been given the platform to voice out their concerns and suggestions that would lead to a successful and peaceful general elections.
The parties also endorsed Election Command Center (#MGECC)
Stations Manager Kojo Ackah Kwarteng and host of Yen Sempa (morning show) Kwame Kakari outlined OnuaFM’s election programmes.
For the 2016 elections, just tuned in to @onua951fm, “we will give you the best coverage of the elections in the Akan language”. The election programmes on Onua would also be live on Akoma FM in Kumasi.
TV3 Network Limited
Head of TV3 Political desk Abraham Asare was on New Day with Anchor and Producer Stephen Anti to summarise some of the engaging programmes TV3 would be showing in the run-up to the elections.
MG Digital Media
Managing News Editor, MG Digital Media Joyce Midley and Social Media Manager Nana Addo shared how the 3news.com and its social media platforms would cover the 2016 elections. As a credible and reliable source of news, 3news.com is poised to take election coverage in the country a notch higher, clearly distinguishing it from other online portals.
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