New TV Channel on Arts and Tourism to be Launched
The new channel which would be called ‘Tourism TV’ will showcase made-in-Ghana products and project the country’s rich culture and tourist sites, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Ablema Afeku.
She said it will help shore up the performance of Ghana’s tourism, arts and culture on the economy.
The sector minister told Citi Showbiz in an interview that the new channel will help to re-orient Ghanaians with a new sense of national pride in their heritage, culture, and way of life.
We have a lot of creative content and we are competing with a foreign country which is saturating our media platform. So 9 months ago I came up with a concept that we need an outlet for our creative art people,” she stated.
“It didn’t come easy but we have finally gotten our license. This will give a platform for our festivals, the music, and the shows that never get airtime. That is what the TV is all about,” Catherine added.
Last year, the Minister promised that she would establish a television channel to help curb the influx of foreign telenovelas and give Ghanaian artists a platform to air their content.
“Under our democratic dispensation, it is not possible to censor movies like some have been calling for. What we can do is to find creative ways to make local content competitive and commercially viable and that is what my Ministry has set out to do,” she said.
She said this when the new executives of the Ghana Actors Guild paid a courtesy call on her.