The National Communication Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has notified all its communicators, media monitors, and officials that the biggest opposition party has boycotted Peace (104.3) FM’s morning show (Kokrokoo) effective today, Wednesday, 6 May 2020.
A statement issued and signed by the party’s national communication officer, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, said: “This decision has been occasioned by the unfair panelling system that the production team of that programme has continuously foisted on the NDC over a number of months”.
“Specifically, the reason for this boycott has to do with the unreasonable decision of the producers and host of the programme to permanently reserve one of the two slots the party has traditionally had on Wednesdays on the show to Mr Allotey Jacobs, who is often introduced by the host of the programme as a ‘social commentator with strong leanings to the NDC”, ostensibly to spite the NDC”, the statement said.
It continued: “All efforts to get the producers and host of the programme to give us a fair representation on the show over the past eight months, including a complaint to the management of the station for an amicable resolution of this matter, have proven futile, as the party continues to be treated with utmost contempt”.
“This unfair treatment”, the NDC complained, “flies in the face of the long-standing tradition of the programme, which allocates two slots each to the NDC and the NPP on Wednesdays and Fridays, respectively”.
The statement noted: “Although we appreciate the production and editorial discretion of the station to give their platform to whoever they deem fit, we consider it unfair for the NPP to maintain their two slots on Fridays while the NDC’s two slots on Wednesdays are reduced to one, to satisfy the whim of a dictatorial host and his poodle”.
“In protest to this flagrant disregard for fairness by the host and production crew of the programme, the National Communication Bureau of the NDC has decided to cease the placement of party communicators on the ‘Kookrokoo’ show forthwith. All communicators, media monitors, members, and officials of the NDC are hereby entreated to refuse any invitations and/or interviews from the said programme, until the station addresses our concerns and reviews their unfair panelling system”.