Roland Affail Monney, president of the Ghana Journalists’ Association, has called for increased remuneration for journalists and other media personnel, to inspine them to work harder.
According to him, better conditions of service, was necessary in safeguarding the welfare of media practitioners to motivate them to give off their best for the benefit of the country.
Describing journalism as a risky profession, he said the work of media practitioners must be appreciated by their organisations through appreciable remuneration, saying it was regrettable that the majority of media organisations in the country were not paying their personnel well.
Mr. Monney made the call at a reception held by Atinka FM, an Accra-based radio station, in honour of two of its presenters, who won top honours at the recent Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards event.
The two presenters are Kwame Adinkra, who was adjudged the Morning Show Host of the year and Kofi Asare Brako, who won the Sports Show Host of the year.
Mr. Monney was convinced good pay would help protect media practitioners against external monetary factors that might influence their professional judgements.
He commended the management of Atinka FM for honouring the two awardees, saying it was important for media institutions to appreciate and celebrate achievements of media personnel.
Mr. Monney congratulated the awardees, and urged them to be inspired by the recognition to do more.
Atinka FM, operated by Jam Media Consult, a subsidiary of Tobinco Group of Companies (TGC), was established eight months ago, and the management believed winning two awards was an indication of a bright future for the station.
As part of the reception, which was attended by a host of executives from the Tobinco Group, including its Executive Chairman, Samuel Amo Tobbin, and citations were presented to the two presenters in appreciation of their efforts towards the growth of the station.
“The award of these two personalities just within eight months of work at Atinka FM, reinforces that Atinka is a force to reckon with in the Ghanaian media industry and beyond,” said Professor Kwame Boasiako Omane-Antwi, Board Chairman of Jam Media Consult.
Congratulating the two, Prof. Omane-Antwi, reminded them of the need to maintain and improve on the standard they have set for themselves and the station as a whole.
Madam Ama Boah Cudjoe, a Board Member of Jam Media Consult, presenting the citations, said the company was proud of their achievements, and assured them of the necessary support to enable them to do more to promote national development.
By Edmund Mingle