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“Some Entertainment Pundits Are Indistinct” – Socrate Sarfo

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The Director of Creative Arts responsible for Programs & Projects at the National Commission on Culture (NCC), Socrates Sarfo has revealed that, critics in a particular sector selected to present their views to the media are fluffy.

According to him, critics, precisely the entertainment pundits lacks depth of intellect or knowledge; they are concerned with what is obvious, making their submissions to developmental issue unsatisfactory.

Mr. Sarfo noted that, panel members lack morally admirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified, making their constructive criticism on the country’s entertainment sector intolerable to creative arts practictioners.

Mr. Socrates Sarfo made this asseverations in an interview on an Accra-based Onua 95.1 FM entertainment talkshow “Anigye Mmre” hosted by Christian Agyei Frimpong.

The one time movie producer, Mr. Sarfo noted that, entertainment practitioners who serve as panel members on radio or tv shows are not abreast with the difficulties and trauma encountered by Ghana’s creative arts sector, contributing to bias remarks.

He added that, the people appointed to judge or criticise entertainment centred shows present themselves in a state of being hollow, emboldening them to make their submissions with personal sentiments and streets ignorance.

He stated that, radio managers must be privy to the fact that, radio and TV broadcasting is not limited to the enclave of music, revealing that, there are flagship and educational programmes that needs undiluted investments to enable it burst out of its shells.

The Director of Creative Arts Mr. Socrates Sarfo advised entertainment talkshow hosts and their producers to engage quality pundits on their shows to make constructive criticism that will elevate the creative arts sector from its retrogressing state.

By: Gerrard-Israel GB

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Steve Harvey New Talk Show Coming To Facebook Watch.

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Steve Harvey is bringing back his daytime talk show — but this time, he’s going the streaming route, sealing a deal for a new series at Facebook Watch. The new show, titled “Steve on Watch,” is set to premiere on January 6.

Harvey has already taped the first batch of new episodes for his revived show, shooting new segments in Atlanta between Dec. 3 and Dec. 6 at the Tyler Perry Studios. According to Facebook, the first batch of episodes will run for 10 weeks, with multiple segments a week.

Endeavor Content’s non-scripted and branded content arm Film 45 and Steve Harvey Global’s East 112 label will produce “Steve on Watch,” which is executive produced by Ianthe Jones.

“Reaching my audience anywhere and everywhere they are has always been the goal,” Harvey said in a statement. “Facebook Watch viewers are the most energetic, engaged community, and so are my amazing fans. Getting all those people to directly engage on a platform like this is the perfect evolution of the show.”

A rep for Harvey also pointed to the comedian’s strength on social media, including Facebook, in making the decision to move his show to Watch. Per stats supplied by Facebook and Harvey’s company, his page received 2.2 billion views between September 2018 and August 2019, and 64 million engagements, while 35 videos earned more than 10 million views. In April 2019, Harvey’s Facebook page was the No. 6 most-viewed U.S. entertainment page, per Tubular.

“Steve on Watch” will feature Harvey giving his take on everyday life and “issues affecting his audience,” as well as interviews with performers, musicians, viral stars and others.

To that end, it will contain a lot of the same DNA as his previous syndicated talker “Steve,” which ended its run in June. “Steve” aired on NBC-owned stations in the nation’s key markets, but the Peacock stations opted this fall to fill his prime daytime slots with new entry “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

“Steve” was owned by Harvey and IMG (now Endeavor Content), like the new show will be, and distributed by NBCUniversal. It was understood at the time that NBC opted to make the switch to Clarkson because it also produces, in addition to distributing, her show.

After “Steve” ended its run, WME shopped the show to stations, as well as cable outlets, but then began looking at digital buyers, including Facebook, to move into that realm.

At the Variety Entertainment Summit at CES in January, Harvey expressed disappointment at NBC’s decision (“I thought it would have been nice of them to come to me — as the only dude who’s survived [in daytime TV] for seven years — about it,” Harvey said, referring to the Clarkson announcement), but also revealed that he was starting to look more closely at internet-video platforms, after viral social-media clips from “Family Feud” generated hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“That’s money right now,” he said. “There’s no delayed gratification.”

Harvey launched “Steve” in 2017, replacing “The Steve Harvey Show,” another daytime talk show that had been produced by EndemolShine North America and NBCUniversal. That show, which began Harvey’s daytime talk stint, premiered in 2012.

The busy Harvey additionally hosts syndicated game show “Family Feud,” as well as the primetime “Celebrity Family Feud” for ABC. He’s also a highly in-demand emcee for numerous specials including the annual Miss Universe pageant, which just aired on Dec. 8 (also from Atlanta), and is a bestselling author.

Jones’ previous talk show credits include “The Queen Latifah Show,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” and “Dr. Phil.”

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Berla Mundi, And Giovanni Caleb Set To Premiere “Bus Ride” On 3FM Drive.

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3FM’s Giovanni Caleb and Berla Mundi will be taking their 3FM Drive experience on the road every friday.

In partnership with Metro Mass transport, the 3FM ‘Bus Ride Edition’ starts tomorrow and is expected to bring listeners who join the branded bus a whole new experience of radio.

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From free food, drinks to celebrities passing through and hanging out with the passengers.

Edem, La Meme Gang and Feli Luna will be on the bus tomorrow.

All you have to do is be on route of the ‘3FM Drive Bus’ hop on and hop off when you want and experience radio like never before with your hosts, Giovanni Caleb and Berla Mundi.

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Y FM, Peace FM, And Joy FM Now Available To DStv Subscribers.

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MultiChoice Ghana is thrilled to announce the addition of Peace FM, Joy FM and Y FM onto the DStv platform this December. “Our goal is to make great local radio entertainment more accessible to more people” said Cecil Sunkwa Mills, Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana. He adds the “we strive to give people across Ghana the opportunity to see get more news, current affairs updates and our own home-grown stories on our various platforms.”

The addition of these three channels to our packages will increase the number of Ghanaian radio and television channels available on DStv to thirteen namely, GTV, TV3, Metro TV, Adom TV, Joy Prime, Fiesta TV, UTV, GHOne TV and UTV. All these channels are available on all our five packages for subscribers to choose from.

Joy FM will be available on channel 886 and will offer authentic Ghanaian programming comprising of news and current affairs, music, magazine and talk shows, sports, religious programming and riveting edutainment.

Peace FM will be available on channel 887 and provides 24/7 riveting local news, cultural highlights and music shows in local language.

Y FM will be available on channel 888 and offers high quality on youth-oriented entertainment programmes for audience across the country.

According to Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, this recent addition enriches the current offering of content available in Ghana. Adding that “We listen to our customers, because we want to know what matters most to them. We use these insights to put our customers at the heart of every decision we make, every day.” DStv is committed to supplying the best and most relevant local and international content people love into their hands and their living rooms.”

These new Ghanaian channels were automatically loaded onto your current package on the 11th of December at 8am. For more information on DStv’s range of exciting channels and packages, please visit www. DStv.com

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“Merqury Quaye Is A Beast. – Ibrahim Ben-Bako

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Privately owned media house; Multimedia Group Limited broadcast Journalist, Ibrahim Ben-Bako has described host of "Cruise Control" radio show on Hitz 103.9 FM, Merqury Quaye as a beast, as far as creating an atmosphere for patrons of an event is concerned; hype man.

According to the entertainment Journalist, Merqury Quaye's skill as a backup rapper and/or singer who supports the primary performers is unmatched, explaining that, his exclamations and interjections with the attempt to increase the audience's excitement with a call-and-response chants is remarkable.

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Ibrahim Ben-Bako made these revealations to Andy Dosty on Hitz 103.9 FM while reviewing the just ended MTN Musical Festival that was staged at the Accra International Conference Centre (A.I.C.C.). He highlighted that, Merqury Quaye's performance on the night was articulate and deserve some plaudit.

He also drew special attention to the fact that, Merqury Quaye played a central but supporting role through out the event, and making his own interventions, generally aimed at hyping up the crowd while also drawing attention to the words of the MC. He also established that, his outlandish vocal style contrasted dramatically to keep the event active.

However, on the event's night, Merqury Quaye was surprised by Michelle Diamond on stage that was backed by an outstanding performance of her hit song "Low Tempo" which features Shatta Wale.

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