Ghana: Tamale Gets First TV Station


The first private television station in the north, Discovery TV, has commenced test transmission on the multi-TV channel 18 and other free-to-air digit-box.

The station, with its headquarters in Tamale in the Northern Region, is one of the many investments of the Discovery International Group of Companies (DIGC), Ghana, which sought to, among other things, market the investment opportunities of the three northern regions to prospective investors.

Philip Assibit Akpeena, Group Chairman of Discovery, in an interview with the GNA said the three northern regions had been starved off vital information, hence the need to set up the Discovery TV to discover the potentials of the people and the area.

He said a lot of businesses, especially in the Tamale Metropolis, were booming, but the bureaucracies and time involved to advertise on the TV stations outside the region were de-motivating while there were limited opportunities for traditional and other opinion leaders to speak on issues of national importance.

Akpeena said what also spurred him on to setup the TV station was to sustain the fast development of the region, advance skills development, create employment, and reduce poverty.

"As a company, we recognise that communication was fused to development, and there is the existence of radio and print leaving the television, so we thought it wise to breach that gap," he emphasised.

Akpeena said the television station would serve as a platform to promote peace and unity to propel the development of the region.