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Criticisms of our reportage on gas explosion taken in good faith – MG to critics

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Management of Media General, parent company of TV3, 3FM, Onua FM and 3news.com among other media in Ghana, says it has taken in good faith, criticisms regarding the reportage of the Atomic Junction gas explosion by its platforms last Saturday in Accra.

The Company in a statement issued Sunday and signed by its Group Head of Corporate Affairs, Richard Ahiagble, said its attention has been drawn to “some isolated reports on social media critiquing portions of our reportage and the humanitarian act by [one of] our news anchor[s]”.

While it said the criticism have been noted, it stated “We believe our good intentions and actions in this regard may have been misconstrued”

Nonetheless, the management said they have initiated steps to engage the appropriate authorities and individuals involved.

It has meanwhile assured its audience of its commitment to transforming the media landscape in Africa through accurate, factual and balanced reporting.

Read the full statement below

MEDIA STATEMENT: TV3’s Reportage on the Gas Explosion at Atomic Junction

[08 October 2017] On Saturday 07 October, a gas explosion occurred at the Atomic Junction and its environs in Legon, resulting in the loss of lives, injuries and the destruction of property.  The Management of Media General, parent company of TV3, extends our heartfelt commiserations to all affected families – you are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult times.

As the incident unfolded, we reported it live and brought it to the attention of Ghanaians and first responders including the Ghana National Fire Services, The Ghana Police Service and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) through our channels – TV3, 3news.com, our Social Media handles and our Accra based radio stations (3FM and Onua FM). We acknowledge the positive feedback and rave reviews from our viewers and listeners across the country.

Whilst we have been largely commended, not only for our extensive reportage, but also for the actions of one of our news anchors who volunteered to help students from a Senior High School, in close proximity to the affected area seek refuge on safer grounds, our attention has also been drawn to some isolated reports on social media critiquing portions of our reportage and the humanitarian act by our news anchor.

We take the criticisms in good faith. We believe our good intentions and actions in this regard may have been misconstrued and we are taking action to engage the appropriate authorities and individuals involved.

We remain committed to transforming the media landscape in Africa through accurate, factual and balanced reporting.

Signed

Richard Ahiagble
Group Head, Corporate Affairs

By 3news.com|Ghana

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