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Ghana: Community TV station Coastal TV described as a Blessing for Central Region

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, has described the official opening of Coastal TV in the Central Region, as a blessing to the people there. "For me, Coastal TV is one of the greatest blessings the Central Region has, and I am fully aware that it is the only community television in Ghana," she said, explaining that Coastal TV would play a leading role in the development of the region.

Speaking at a short ceremony to officially open the studios of Coastal TV in Cape Coast last week, Mrs. Doe said the station was expected to give good reports on tourism, promotion and development of sanitation and climate change and its harsh consequences on Ghanaians.

She urged them to give more coverage to the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the region, as well as festivals and sporting events, among others.

The Minister advised the television station to partner with the various departments and agencies in the region, to foster sustainable development. She noted that operating a television station was very expensive, and commended the German Development Service (DED) for supporting the operations of the station.

The DED Country Director, Adrascko, said DED provided human resource and technical support to the television station, adding that his outfit would continue to assist Coastal TV to help alleviate poverty in the region.

He said the DED hoped to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the TV station in grand style, and that the station would help provide a platform for the youth to engage themselves in developmental issues. He said the DED has 30 technical staff across the country, explaining that a country cannot develop without much emphasis on its communities.

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Anthony Egyir Aikins, urged the station to provide quality services, adding that the station had helped sustain debates on social issues that affect metropolis.

The Executive Director of Coastal TV, Selete Nyomi, said Coastal TV started operating two years ago, and was now the leading community-based television station in Ghana. He said it covered five districts in Central Region, and hoped to expand operations to the remaining districts in the region.

He said the new studios would help the station to transmit programmes live, and would air more documentaries about the Central Region, bearing in mind fairness and objectivity. The Board Chairman of the Station, Pastor Ike Hawkson, said the board would work hard to ensure that the station goes nationwide.

The Chronicle 8 February 2010

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