Gambia: GRTS Introduces Mid-Day Newson the weekend


The Gambia Radio & Television Services (GRTS) recently added 12 Mid-day news during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) to their 8pm and 10pm news.

In an interview with the Daily Observer on this development, Ardy Fatty, managing editor of GRTS TV, explained that this initiative is meant to bolster the news portfolio. He said the bulletin was initially centered around 8 0' clock, but they later introduced the 10 0' clock news, adding that they are now broadcasting news at 12pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.According to him, this move will also help to feed the viewers with relevant news, adding that transmission starts in the morning on the said days. Fatty hinted that GRTS is also anticipating the introduction of transmission in the morning from Monday to Thursday in the near future.

For his part, Alhaji Momodou Sanyang, Director General of GRTS, thanked the management for their support and the News Department for their commitment. He said he enjoyed the cooperation from both sides of his institution (the TV & the Radio). By following the principles of the Jammeh administration, DG Sanyang said, GRTS also wants every Gambian to have a fair share of the national cake. "GRTS is viewed globally and we have calls from Ireland, Germany, Taiwan, and many parts of Europe as well as America. So looking at the time difference, we have to make sure that they have access to watch the news," he stated.

He also revealed that plans are in the offing for GRTS start broadcasting from morning throughout the week. To achieve this, he said GRTS needs public support as a supplement to government's support. "We need talented young Gambians to come on board in order to enhance the face of the TV," DG Sanyang remarked.

He used the opportunity to thank the government under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh for the support rendered to GRTS, including the latest donation of a Nissan Pick-up vehicle to Bakary Fatty, a staff of his institution.

"The president has been giving us support. He has been giving us vehicles, cameras, computers and he even took his own money and bought XD CAM cassettes for us, which are the most expensive in broadcasting technology. So as a result, we also owe it to the government and Gambians both in the country and the Diaspora," he concluded.