President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last week Thursday unveilled Metropolitan Television’s (Metro TV) ultra-modern media group edifice, which promises to deliver world-class broadcast journalism.
He praised the Metro TV board of directors for settling on a Ghanaian contractor, who in turn chose a Ghanaian architect to design the world-class edifice.
He was excited about the fact that the project was executed by wholly Ghanaian-owned companies.
According to President Akufo-Addo, engaging solely Ghanaian companies to produce a world-class edifice shows that the Ghanaian is capable.
The large new Metro TV office complex with state-of-the-art facilities is located at North Ridge, adjacent to Millennium Insurance near the Alisa Hotel in Accra.
Speaking to the media on the unveilling ceremony’s sidelines, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said government has always supported free, fairness and responsible media practice, and therefore hopes that other media houses will emulate this development.
According to him, considering the years Metro TV has been on the media landscape with its corresponding impact – coupled with the ultra-modern only encourage other media stations to follow suit.
On his part, the host of award-winning ‘Good Evening Ghana’, Mr. Paul Adom Otchere, said the media in Ghana is growing, owing to the fact that this has been the first media outfit to deliver digital migration in a manner that meets global standards with the new edifice.
He disclosed that the edifice houses six studios, each of which has three components.
He said apart from broadcasting from three television stations, four radio stations are also going to be broadcasting at the same time.
“We are launching a new production quality onto the Ghanaian market, and we’re excited that the president honoured our invitation to grant the first interview leading to the official opening,” he expressed.
Mr Adom Otchere added that being able to demonstrate their commitment has made a statement that the Black man is capable of delivering quality and independent media.
Giving details of the edifice, he revealed that there wre four studios in all four floors performing different functions.
He said the ground floor houses the main broadcast studio, which will broadcast news. “Good Evening Ghana,” he promised, “is going to take a different form and shape, whereby interviews, editorials among others will be done.”
He hoped that with the new edifice, their previous place was going to be made available for training journalists with high level journalism and professionalism.
The project’s Architect, Mr. Jacob Nyameke Homiah of Nyameke Homiah Architects, indicated that his outfit is ready to avail itself to training any interested Ghanaian youth.
He feels fulfilled that his company was given the contract to demonstrate their God-given talent.
He therefore urged the youth to be determined and hard-working so they can be spotted by the right people.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea; Foreign and Regional Reintegration Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey; and Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong.