The Multimedia Group, operators of Joy FM and Joy News TV, has apologised to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the two representatives who were denied participation in the broadcaster’s flagship news analysis show, Newsfile, on Saturday.
The two, Deputy Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Eugene Nana Boakye and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Eric Twum were rejected for Saturday’s show which was to discuss matters including the first 100 days of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s presidency.
Host of the Samson Lardi Ayenini explaining why there was not NPP representative for the programme stated that the two gentlemen who had been nominated by the party to represent it on the show did not meet the show’s production standards.
The decision and the subsequent pronouncement by Mr Ayenini has been widely condemned with the NPP going further to demand an unqualified apology from both the Multimedia Group and the host.
The Multimedia Group in response has stated that the comment by the Newsfile host was not intended to denigrate the two individuals nominated by the NPP to represent it on the show.
Below is the full statement:
This comment by the host of Newsfile seems to have hurt many people and has generated a controversy.
The intention was not to denigrate the person of those who the NPP chose to represent it on Newsfile yesterday.
The decision on who appears on any of our shows rests with the editorial team and we would stand by those decisions.
However, we apologise unreservedly for the use of words that suggest that the two gentlemen are not up to the standard.