8-member NTC Board inaugurated

Nana Gjan Kwasi Apenteng (left) swearing into office, the new board members

Nana Gjan Kwasi Apenteng (left) swearing into office, the new board members

An eight-member board of the New Times Corporation (NTC) has been sworn into office to work towards reviving the fortunes of the once-revered state media.

Chaired by the Very Rev. Mrs Ama Afo Blay, other members include Ms Ivy Austin, Alex Kwadwo Boateng, Mr Francis Fritz Andoh, Mr Yaw Awuku Lokko, Mrs Elizabeth Oduro Mensah, Mrs Vesta E Adu-Gyamfi and the Managing Director, Ms Carol Annang.

Speaking at the event yesterday, Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Chairman, National Media Commission (NMC), emphasised the need for the board, management and staff to work together to spur the corporation to realise its mandate and objectives.

“We will fail if we do not work together. There must be no room for suspicions, bitterness, divisiveness, rancor and mistrust. Negative attitudes undermine the great potential of the company. The time has come for us to work together in achieving the corporation’s mandate and the desired results,” he stressed.

Mr Gyan-Apenteng said persistent show of differences and factions would derail efforts to reposition the state-media as the giant in the Ghanaian media landscape, saying that “we must work together with trust and maturity”.

Describing the new board as competent, the NMC Chairman urged them to pursue aggressive strategies to address the challenges that were inhibiting the growth of the newspaper industry.

“Today, newspapers are at a disadvantage compared to other channels of communication. Newsprint is expensive, newsgathering is even more expensive, distribution of it is expensive and hazardous. Indeed, audiences continue to decline and newspapers are losing their place in the information and news marketplace. There are further challenges including digital growth and social media presence on a big scale and there is no reliance on advertising. But we’re confident, the new board will leverage on the successes by the previous board to get the desired results,” he stressed.

Nana Gyan-Apenteng echoed the principles on which the corporation was established and urged the staff to commit to “reclaiming the high grounds the corporation’s newspapers occupied in the country.”

“We commenced with the rebranding of the Ghanaian Times which has improved appearance and content. We have to intensify the process to make it more appealing with the best of contents. It should speak the minds of the people, speak for the voiceless and become advocates of democracy, gender rights, social justice and poverty. These are the founding principles of the corporation and we must accept it,” he explained.

Madam Rose Margaret Kpodo, Chairperson of the erstwhile board, said although the corporation was currently saddled with some challenges, her tenure saw the drafting of new operational policies which initiated the transformation process.

She noted that the previous administration was focused on improving revenue through leasing of corporation’s land as well as rebranding its flagship newspaper, Ghanaian Times and was subsequently seeking a review of the existing New Times Act to enable the corporation diversify into strategic businesses that would also improve its revenue.

Very Rev. Mrs Afo Blay said the board would speed up implementation of decisions to create the needed working environment to forestall unrests and called for support from all stakeholders in the corporation’s drive to achieve its mandate.

By Claude Nyarko Adams





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