Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Allegations of bias: 3 TV3 workers proceed on leave

Three workers of TV3, a private television station have been asked to proceed on an indefinite leave.

Even though no official reasons have been adduced for management's decision, Joy News believes the decision must have been politically motivated.

The affected persons are General Manager in charge of news Emmanuel Osei Boakye, Director of operations Kofi Nyantakyi and an official at the marketing department.

The management's decision took effect on Friday, December 19, 2008.

Sources close to Joy News indicate management had previously met with Osei Boakye and the news team over what they (management) perceive to be bias reportage against the ruling party, during the recent December 7 general election.

Osei Boakye has been accused of unduly favouring the NDC whilst Kofi Nyantakyi and the marketing official were penalised for allowing on air political advert of the NDC.

The decision has made workers, especially those in the news room worried and insecure, fearing their job could be compromised.

Pleading anonymity, they told Joy FM's correspondent, management decision is as a result of political machinations by high ranking members of the ruling government who have not been happy with news team's incessant reportage on filth, indiscipline, poor road networks dotted across the country.

Even though the marketing officer has denied being asked to proceed on leave, the two affected persons have refused to comment.

A memo signed and posted on TV3 newsroom notice board by Osei Boakye on Friday reads; I have been asked to proceed on leave effective today. Emma Morrison, Robert Kyere and Gabriel Bosompim will together manage the department and they will report to the Director of Finance.


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