Mr. Baffour (left) in a handshake with Mr. Baffour
The Minister of Information, Fritz Baffour, has commended Metro TV, one of the country’s most influential private television stations, for excellent broadcasting in the past 15 years.
Speaking at the launch of the station’s 15th anniversary in Accra, the Minister said. “You have demonstrated that you are a true nationwide broadcaster because you cover the 10 regions of the country.
“You have provided a responsible reportage over the years, and I commend you for that,” he added.
With a humble beginning, transmitting on weekends only in the Greater Accra Region, the three-time best sports station, has now completed its expansion exercise by adding six more cities to its national grid, the latest being Hohoe in the Volta Region making it the only private TV network broadcasting in 16 metropolis nationwide to over 12 million viewers.
The Chief Executive Officer of Metro TV, Talal Fattal, admitted the enormity of the task ahead, taking into account the greater responsibility saying, “With greater coverage, comes greater responsibility for quality content to our viewers, especially our clients Henceforth, we have acquired 30 weekly hour of new TV programmes.
"We have a wide range from local producers and major Hollywood Studios that have started running this April to reality shows, games shows, soaps, movies, Disney Catalogue, health talks shows, entertainment magazine programmes, classic comedy and sports, among others.
He said to commemorate a befitting 15th anniversary, management would, in the next six months, hold series of activities ranging from sports to good corporate such as clean up exercise, blood donations, charity functions and will with a Gala Dinner dance in September.
He commended local partners such as Optimum Media Prime (OMP), BBC, CNN, DW TV, Euronews, Aljazeera, Supersport, DSTV, GFA, FIFA, UEFA as well as staff of Metro TV for keeping faith with the company.
Mr Fattal also paid glowing tribute to past and present governments for their support and also for providing enabling environment for the TV industry to grow.
Mr Ernest Asamoah, Board chairman, Metro TV, who the ceremony praised the TV station for its remarkable performance in their media landscape.
The Chairman of the Ghana Media Commission, Kabral Blay Amihere, described Metro TV as a trail blazer in sports reporting making, particular reference to how it covered the Germany 2006 World Cup.
Ahead of the launch, Metro TV acquired 36 brand new vehicles from Auto Plaza, sole distributors of Hyundai vehicles as part of the company’s efforts to go the extra mile in reporting.