www.micyamoah.wordpress.com | December 23, 2015
April 8, 2015, management of Ghanaian rapper, Guru, issued a statement warning entertainment journalists and panelists to desist from “attacking” their artiste.
“It is sad to see that other countries are promoting their artistes with words of encouragement and positive actions; in Ghana, some individuals who should know better have chosen to drag the hard [earned] reputation of some artistes down because they have refused to do their research, reason, investigate or interview the people they want [to] talk about to know the truth before they talk,” the statement read.
That was Guru. There are many artists, and people outside the realms of artiste management, and even entertainment enthusiasts who have the mis (conception) that entertainment shows in the country are on a vicious mission.
The destruction mission, if it exists, is even extended to competing shows, with hosts and producers “locking horns,” fighting for supremacy – supremacy of who rules the airwaves, who started his show first, who is “old” in the business, who groomed who, who inspired who to get into the game, who comes on air how many times in a week, to who attracts the crème de la crème to be on their show.
A lot of discussions have gone on in the past weeks, with my Deputy Editor Kwame Dadzie writing a piece to address this issue. The same issue also took center stage on Agyemang Prempeh’s show last Saturday, on Rainbow FM, with Razz’s Editor Arnold Asamoah Baidoo, bringing it up for discussion.
The entertainment host and producers have been discussed thoroughly; they have been blamed for fostering disunity in the industry, through many schemes. I, however, believe, in all this, absolving the panelists, who appear on these entertainment shows on radio and television of blame, won’t be right.
Panelists play an important role in making entertainment talk shows successful. They are experts (though not always the case) who are chosen because they have some experience, some expertise, some knowledge, and wisdom, even if not on a particular issue that is meant to be discussed; these qualities alone make them ‘qualified’ enough to make meaningful contributions to the show.
This alone should make panelists on our entertainment shows discerning people who can bring their qualities to help shape the industry, starting from the very platforms they appear on.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I appear on only one platform, so I cannot pretend to know what happens on other platforms. But I have ears; I have eyes; I have the intuition to read the lines, read between the lines, and read beyond the lines, what I see and listen.
I see too much of hero-worshiping on the part of some panelists; such people do everything in their power to protect their territory by seeing everything right in the presenter. Such people dare question a wrong on a platform!
I know the politics in being called to appear on a radio or TV show as a panel member. There are a lot of people jostling their way in there. Reasons? The benefits…often not material or financial but…..
But for the sake of professionalism and image, I believe sitting on a platform that is too antagonistic to other industry players tends to question one’s neutrality as well.
There are others who also use the platform they have been offered to denigrate other platforms, all in the name of pleasing their ‘hero’. Such persons even tag other stations and programs as mediocre, small, lacking listenership and pedigree. But when such panelists have promotional activities to undertake, they find solace in these small stations, when the big ones deny them or present them with invoices.
A show will always constitute a panel because of the diverse perspectives individual members bring on board. It is thus important to acknowledge individual strengths and weaknesses. This, a smart host and producer, will always consider. But when as a panel sees him or herself as superior to others on the same platform, then there is an issue.
I have heard of some panel members who dictate who should be on a show or otherwise. Are people that powerful? Why can’t you be on the same panel with someone else?
What about those who also take on other panel members they share similar platforms with when they appear on other shows? Is it a show of supremacy, lack of tolerance or insecurity?
I call them the “leaking mouths.” Such persons do not understand what is called a corporate secret. If a radio or television station invites you to their show as a panel, I believe what happens there stays there, unless it is meant for the public.
There are some who sit on a platform and discuss what happens on other platforms, and sometimes to the extent of even putting it on social media. Such persons equip the public with internal issues, through public discussions of such, which should be purely internal.
When one is aligned to a radio or television station, that person is very much part of that brand. And striving to denigrate that brand, in whatever way, is a denigration of one’s own brand, one way or the other.