A conference is being held (Sept 18-24) at Legon, Ghana, at which delegates from 18 African countries are discussing television topics.
A conference is being held (Sept 18-24) at Legon, Ghana, at which delegates from 18 African countries are discussing television topics. The occasion is the "news workshop" of the Union of National Radio and Television Organisations of Africa (URTNA).
They were welcomed on behalf of Colonel I.K. Acheampong, head of state of Ghana and commissioner for information by Major T.A. Gyamfi, chairman of the Ghanain Broadcasting Corporation.
He said radio and television were the most vital instruments in Africa; they were the best means of educating people and exposing them to the phenomenal changes taking place.
He also called for African television to carry African programme rather than foreign ones, and suggested the establishment of an African exchange of news and programmes.
SYNOPSIS: Ghana is playing Conference host to top radio and television executives from 17 African nations.
The conference is concerned with the coverage of news throughout the continent.
Major Gyamfi, chairman of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, welcomed delegates and delivered a speech on behalf of Ghana's leader, Colonel Acheampong.
He said radio and television had been introduced by the colonialists in a bid to rally Africans round their banners, to fight a common for in a war in which the Africans had no stake. They could hardly have suspected that they were preparing an instrument that would ultimately sound their own departure, he said. Radio and television were vital to Africa today. Because the majority of Africans were still illiterate the media offered the best means of educating and informing them -- and of exposing them to the phenomenal changes taking place. Even to educated people, radio and television wielded influence unequalled by any other means of communication. It was essential for the ultimate achievement of a United Africa that there should be a system of exchanging news and programmes within the continent. Communications should be improved so that African news need no longer be exchanged through Europe. Although they were grateful for the help other countries had given in establishing networks, Major Gyamfi said, African countries should now lean less on outside programme sources and use their own people's talents.