Public Relations officer of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) and astute Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist, Prince Tsegah, known in the media landscape as, Da Don has stated that, contrary to reports desseminated by a cross section of the Ghanaian traditional media, successive governments have not neglected the ‘Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture’ sector.
According to the objective entertainment critique, a cross section of the mass communication media has made reports tarnishing his identity, adding that, successive governments, including the New Patriotic Party(NPP) administration have contributed a much needed quota to elevate the Ghanaian ‘Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture” ecosystem.
Earlier reports has it that, the Public Relations officer of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) added his voice to the tall list of players in the creative arts industry lamenting about the neglect of the sector by successive governments, as well as their failed promises.
Report stated that Prince Tsegah said, the NPP government has failed the creative arts industry, adding that, in their 2016 manifesto, they promised to help collect their royalties from various organisations. Reports also added that, Mr. Tsegah said, the NPP government payment of royalties aren’t encouraging.
Reports also has it that, Da Don said, radio stations are not paying the royalties; explaining that, should media houses, including radio and tv stations pay their much needed royalties accurately, Ghanaian performing arts will bury anger and put on smiling faces to that effect.
However, in facebook post sighted by www.georgebritton.com, the Head of Communications at the Ghana Music Rights Organization(GHAMRO), Prince Tsegah debunked such publications by the traditional media, including web portals, explaining that, the quote attributed to him is false, calculated to reduce his image before the right thinking members of society.
Speaking on the collection of royalties from music users, especially radio stations, the facebook post, the celebrated media mogul stated that, the process is an uphill task, as the logging system technology is very expensive to acquire, adding that the New Patriotic Party(NPP) government prior to the 2016 general elections promised to help GHAMRO out with the logging system and that GHAMRO needs State intervention to be able to acquire that technology, which hasn’t yet materialized.
Public Relations officer of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) and astute Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist, Prince Tsegah suggested that, it will be a plaudit idea, if legislations can be put in place to help collect royalties at the renewal of respective license at the National Communication Authority(NCA).
MultiChoice Group Hosts Media Showcase Event In Johannesburg.
MultiChoice Group (MCG) hosted its second annual media showcase, under the theme ‘Africa’s most-loved storyteller’, in Johannesburg today with representatives from across the African continent in attendance.
“Much has been achieved since our first showcase event,” shared Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment. “The MultiChoice Group listed on the JSE Main Board on 27 February 2019, an important milestone in our exciting journey of growth.”
In Africa, people love entertainment more than most, with daily consumption of video entertainment on the continent around 50% higher than the global average. As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, MCG’s commitment is not only to create platforms for sharing Africa’s stories but also investing in the development of local content and local talent to ensure that the video entertainment industry across the continent thrives and grows to compete with the best in the world. With over 30 years’ experience, MCG is the leading producer of local content in its markets.
“Local content is a key differentiator for us, and we intend to continue producing more of it for our various markets. Our latest set of half-year results showed a 12% increase year-on-year in the number of hours of local content production, and our local content library now exceeds 54 000 hours,” added Phahle. “We will continue to shift a greater percentage of spend towards local content.”
Local content highlights over the past six months have included the launch of MCG’s first international co-production, Trackers, based on the book by local author, Deon Meyer. The locally-produced drama, The River, was nominated for an international Emmy Award and MCG won an award at the Seoul International Drama Awards in Korea for The Herd. The final votes cast in the latest season of Big Brother NAIJA increased to a record 240 million, and the ratings for Survivor South Africa rose by 36% in relation to the previous season.
“Our investment in the development of local talent enables us to be a contributor to award-winning entertainment content that resonates with our 18.9 million subscribers across the continent,” continued Phahle.
Hot on the heels of Trackers, MCG has announced a new collaboration with international producers, Mannequin Pictures. The co-produced “Rogue” – which is set to launch on Showmax next year – is a thrilling man vs animal drama which pits a team of ex-military fighters against foreign terrorists and a pride of escaped lions, as they battle to save a group of school girls from the clutches of a terror organisation.
“True to the spirit of genuine collaboration, this co-production combines the knowhow and talent of Hollywood with our local talent and crew, making it a perfect fit with our strategy of elevating our content production to an international level. It also creates job opportunities and improves the economics of filmmaking for everyone,” explained Phahle.
Bringing top-quality international content to African screens is also a key part of MCG’s mandate. “We constantly review our content and channel offering to ensure our audiences are given fresh and exciting content. We are thrilled to be launching three exciting new international channels on DStv today,” said Phahle.
Airing for the first time in Africa and activated live at the showcase event today, the CuriosityStream channel will deliver a world of factual entertainment in one place, while CBS Justice will enthral viewers with true crime documentaries. EuroNews will add a European flavour to the already extensive portfolio of news channels on offer on DStv’s various platforms. The launch of these channels follows MCG’s recent agreement with A+E Networks to extend the carriage contract for History and Lifetime, which continue to air on DStv.
In addition to this wide variety of entertainment content, MCG continues to bring subscribers the best local and international sporting content. MCG continues to partner with the PSL in the ever-popular MultiChoice Diski Challenge, a soccer development programme that offers opportunities to young aspiring footballers to enter the professional league and to those who choose to work behind the cameras who are involved in producing the soccer matches that are broadcast live into the homes of thousands of soccer fans.
Over the past year, using the latest broadcasting technology, equipment and a skilled crew, SuperSport delighted sports fans with world-class broadcasts of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Cricket World Cup and the Rugby World Cup, where SuperSport was one of only four official broadcasters.
“In addition to the Springboks making history at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Finals, another revolution has been quietly underway,” adds Phahle. “This year marks the point that live-streaming of sports went mainstream in Africa, breaking all-time online viewing records. The final had an amazing three times more peak concurrent viewers than in the first game.”
Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, also shared some exciting sports content that enthusiastic sports fans can look forward to in 2020. The sports channel will be broadcasting “The Match in Africa” the tennis showdown between two of the greatest players in tennis history, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Cape Town on 7 February 2019. Also on offer will be the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which are scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020. With five 24-hour channels, SuperSport will ensure that every medal event will be broadcast live.
In the ever-advancing world of video entertainment, innovation is a key driver of the business. MCG has dedicated resources and the best expertise to ensure it continuously improves the way in which customers interact with the business. Using the behavioural patterns of its customers and how they consume content, the company has been able to create platforms tailored to customer needs.
Earlier this year, MCG launched three new self-service apps: the DStv app, GOtv app and DStv’s Self Service on WhatsApp. The company also redesigned its website to ensure a better user journey for customers. By creating tailored customer experiences, MCG is driving user engagement on its various platforms such as DStv Now, Showmax and BoxOffice.
“Ultimately, it is about improving our customers’ viewing experiences by offering value for money, understanding customer preferences, delivering high-quality entertainment and sports content and tailoring platforms for diverse audiences. This also means we need to stay ahead of technology, ensuring that our customers get access to their favourite shows, anytime and anywhere,” concluded Phahle.
“I’m Not DJ Switch’s Manager. – Merqury Quaye
Founder of Ghana DJ Awards, Merqury Quaye has debunked claim that he is part of DJ Switch’s management team.
The 11-year-old’s crowning as ‘DJ of the Year’ at 2019 Ghana DJ Awards got the world talking about the historic turn of events.
Some disgruntled individuals alleged that DJ Switch won because Merqury Qauye is her manager.
However, Merqury Quaye in an interview on Joy Fm stated that he doesn’t manage DJ Switch.
‘…that is not correct. As a matter of fact, any DJ in Ghana will tell you that I have been supportive to every DJ in Ghana including DJ Switch’, he said.
Merqury Quaye, who is regarded as the father of DJs in Ghana, revealed that his aim is to elevate the careers of all DJs in Ghana.
‘Anytime any DJ needs support, needs help, my remit is to catapult all these guys to the highest stage possible’.
‘At one point or the other, you will see me offer support to a DJ if they need the help.’, he continued.
Merqury Quaye stressed he is not ‘technically’ part or a core member of any DJ’s team but rather lends support to all.
Mzgee Joins Media General, Rumoured To Host “TV3 Mentor”.
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - An integrated media company with a focus on becoming the most loved media brand in Africa, Media General has officially announced Ghanaian born entertainment Journalist, and Television & Radio host, Gloria Akpene Nyarku known behind cameras as Mzgee as the new inclusion to the tall list of award winning journalists of the media network.
Known for her viral interviews with some Ghanaian celebrities and a former host of "Gee Spot" on Joy Prime Tv, Entertainment This Week’ on Hitz FM and anchored Hitz News, a subsidiary company of Multimedia Group Network, Mzgee will be hosting the rebranded TV3 Mentor and lead other entertainment related programs at her new company.
This announcement was made official on the social media pages of the media network. The entertainment host and fashion icon’s resignation comes after Manasseh Awuni Azure and Afia Pokua’s exit. MzGee joined Multimedia in 2014. During her days, she co-produced Daybreak Hitz which is Hitz FM’s four-hour magazine entertainment and lifestyle morning show.
MzGee got into radio in 2005 as a student at Cape Coast Polytechnic. Initially, she was invited as a panelist on Eagle FM which is a campus based radio station. Later on, she was taken on as a Co-host for a Late Night Relationship show and was nicknamed ”The Love Doctor”. With the passage of time, she became the host of the lunch time show after her predecessor had graduated. She worked at the radio station till she graduated in 2007. Even though she was expected to do her National Service at either Eagle or Kiss FM in Takoradi, she rather came to Accra and had her service at CHRAJ.
She presented the “Lunch time rhythms” after noon each day, read LPM’S and garnished product and services to attract patronage. She was also a co-host of “Passion of Love”; a relationship program on which she was named the love doctor by some listeners. She was also part of the news team and conducted interviews and gathered information for the news.
Between January and April 2009, she began working with Hot Digital Radio which was a Ghanaian British station. It had an outlet here in Accra and she hosted the late afternoon with African tunes and gave tit-bits from around Africa to Ghanaians living in the diaspora via internet transmission. Again, between July and October 2009, she Created and hosted the “5th Chapter talk show”; the show was about our fundamental human right as enshrined in the 5th chapter of the 1992 constitution and its implication on our daily routines.
She hosted it once a week on Skyy channel one (1) with persons who were in charge of enforcing the laws and those at the recipients. For about a year, she was a Trainee Reporter at TV3 and she worked in the News Room. She was peered with senior staff for various state assignments and assisted in writing the stories (news) gathering data both visual and audio (sound bite) and other material, editing same for the news.
She covered many stories for the station and within few months, three (3) of her initiative (stories) made headlines. MzGee also presented the Late Lunch show dubbed “One Word” on Pravda Radio. It was a 2-hour gospel talk show with a daily 45 minutes feature on an inspirational story or interview. Before “One Word” , she was the privileged host of “Sunset Africa”; a 3 hour brunch musical show. The content of each day’s show was at her own discretion and the essence of the show was to relax listeners’ whiles they worked.
Between August 2013 and February 2014 at Pravda Radio, she conceived, scripted, presented and co produced ‘Life and Living It’, a social/family life talk program which aired from 7pm to 9 pm every Sunday. The show had a panel of social commentators. She produced Campus on Hitz (at Hitz 103.9fm) which is show targeting students at the tertiary institutions. It airs every Sunday on Hitz 103.9 FM.
Between October 2014 and April 2015, she was a News Anchor and a Producer at Oceans TV. She had the sole duty to develop Oceans Television’s news content; conducting of celebrity interviews for the news, covering of entertainment shows, scripting and producing the news thrice a week. She doubled as the presenter for the news and the only on air personality of the television channel.
Between February 2015 and September 2015, she co produced Daybreakhitz which is Hitz FM’s four hour magazine morning entertainment show. She also sits in for the substantive presenter in his absence. The show has five segments and airs every week day. MzGee produces and also hosts Showbiz This Week, an entertainment weekly show on Saturdays. This show though just a year old has become a benchmark and a reference point for many entertainers in the industry. The platform has hosted a league of the high and mighty in the industry and has generated brilliant and very controversial stories.
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Hitz FM Launches Hottest DJ Season 5.
Every year, a disc jockey residing in Ghana gets the chance to experience life abroad and also wins trophies, among other essential packages. It’s all because Hitz FM, with Joy Prime as a partner award winners after they’ve proved their ultimate skills on turntables to wow patrons of the Hottest DJ competition.
After screening over 100 contestants, 30 were chosen under strict scrutiny by professional judges for this year’s turn, the 5th edition. At the launch, which took place at Multimedia Group’s premises and was aired live on Joy Prime TV on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, with KMJ as host, the mechanics for the 2019 Hottest DJ were listed.
The competition will be hosted by Hitz FM‘s Merqury Quaye and contestants will be appearing in the studio for the competition, starting from November 4 to November 15, 2019.
The judges for this year will be DJ Premier and Kofi Dixon led by Andy Dosty; also likely to be guest DJ daily.
Voting starts from the knockout stages; consisting of 60% public votes and 40% judges’ vote. To vote via SMS, voters should text, HDJ “name of contestant” to 1633 or they can resort to the Star Phone app.
Co-host of the launch, Hitz FM‘s Andy Dosty urged the 30 contestants to note that the highest votes will move them to the next stage. Joy FM‘s DJ Black passed through the show to motivate the contestants. He asked them to put in their best for the crown.
Patrons of the Hottest DJ competition can watch the show live on Hitz FM‘s Facebook or Twitter page, @Hitz1039FM. The competition will also be aired on Joy Prime, on the Hot Picks Show from 1:30pm-2:30pm.
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