REPORT: Entertainment Stories Rated ‘0%’ Most Discussed Topics On Radio/TV

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Some entertainment critics, pundits, and core industry players have quetched at the less slot and priority given to entertainment programmes on radio and TV.

The call for making the arts a priority in national issues for instance, continues unabated. Entertainment news Editor, Broadcaster, and Arts Advocate, Mr. Kwame Dadzie, has for over 5 years, lobbied radio and TV station owners through his write-ups and social media handles, to give equitable space and priority to the arts – as they do for other disciplines.

Presspeep.com chanced on a report on ‘Most Discussed Topics’ on radio and TV and the finding in the report is that, the arts or entertainment and its related issues, subjects, or topics, are least discussed or given attention on radio and TV.

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The report reads (unedited).

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“A total of 3,254 programme/reports were monitored on 39 of the 40 media outlets being monitored under the project (due to extraneous factors, reports from one radio station could not be received).

“These programme/reports were made up of 1,286 radio programmes (including news bulletins and current affairs/discussion programmes); 1,865 newspaper reports (including news, editorials, letters from readers, opinions and features); and 103 reports on news websites (including news, features, opinion pieces, and readers’ comments).

The monitoring showed that the subject matter that dominated the programmes/reports monitored included the following:

§ Economic issues (national economic forum and matters arising)- 72
§ Political party activities (press conferences, media releases, intra-party wrangling, etc.) – 48
§ Labour issues (POTAG and NAGRAT strikes) – 46
§ Social issues – 42
§ Security/Crime-related – 39
§ Presidential affairs (Governance & the president’s speeches) – 34
§ Health and Sanitation issues – 30
§ Education – 23
§ Corruption –21

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The report continues to disclose, “It is worth noting, however, that even though the issues/subjects discussed (as detailed above) were many and varied; the same issues featured in almost all the media outlets monitored. This suggests that despite the apparent media plurality in Ghana, there is little or no diversity in media content/programming.

“The monitoring showed that major news items and current affairs programmes of radio stations in urban centres, especially Accra, were often picked live by some peri-urban and rural-based radio stations.

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It was also found that the content of major current affairs programmes and some news items on radio were sourced from some television programmes, newspapers or online publications and vice-versa. These two findings could partly account for the lack of diversity in media outputs.”

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From the above report, it’s evident that entertainment and/or entertainment-related topics are not given maximum attention on radio or TV – hence no rating for them.

Presspeep.com is grateful to Media Foundation For West Africa MFWA for this report. MFWA is an organisation that implements and/or supports initiatives that are aimed at promoting the requisite professional standards that enable the media play their watchdog and development roles more effectively in West Africa.

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About Osarfo Anthony

Osarfo Anthony is a Ghanaian Arts/Entertainment Writer, Screenwriter, and Content Developer. He is the Owner/Managing Editor of Presspeep.com.Highly opinionated Osarfo has over 10 years of experience as an Art/Entertainment Writer in print and online publication. He says of his writing nose: “I write with the precision of an engineer and the depth of a sage.”

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