We don’t take orders from government – GBC vehemently explains why KKD has been ‘retired’ from GTV.

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has denied allegations that the government instructed State-owned GTV not to allow broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) to appear on its network.

KKD had claimed on Accra-based Onua Television that the government had instructed the state-owned television to ban him from appearing on GTV. GTV responded to the allegations, saying that the statement was not true and could only be a product of KKD’s imagination.

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The GBC stated that it does not take instructions from the government when it comes to content production and reminded Ghanaians that it requires their support as it is being transformed into a public service broadcasting service as anticipated by the 1992 Constitution and subsequent Supreme Court decisions.

The GBC also emphasized that it is guided by the ethics of public service broadcasting journalism, and it does not allow its guests to make allegations against other persons who are not present or do not have the immediate opportunity to respond. The network is not into adversarial journalism, and panelists who adopt a combative style of discourse are not accommodated on its network.

GBC provides opportunities to panelists of all political persuasions to speak on its platforms and may retire them when there is a change in its content plan. It also retires panelists who over time change their style of discourse into a form that is unbefitting of GBC’s editorial guidelines.

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KKD has recently criticized the government on corruption, particularly on the use of Databank, a company co-founded by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, as transactional advisors for the international loans Ghana takes.

He described it as foolishness and nonsensical, stating that as Ghana gets poorer, the minister of finance’s company or former company gets richer. KKD’s statement was made on GTV’s breakfast show hosted by Kafui Dey on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.

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