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Retired Broadcaster Urges Media Owners To Provide In-House Training For Journalists

—as He Launches Book on His Life

A Retired Broadcaster, Mike Eghan has called on media owners to improve the professional skills of their employees by organizing regular in-house refresher courses for them.

According to him, despite the fact that the country’s media landscape has been improved, there was a need for refresher courses to boost the skills they acquired in schools to provide quality work.

Mike Eghan, a former Broadcaster with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)made the call during an interview with THE REPUBLIC on his memoir, scheduled to be launched in Accra.

The Book is to be launch on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra at 5:00pm.

Book authored by Mike Eghan

He said media owners should ensure they employed well-trained professionals who could work to improve the standard of the profession, especially with regards to the ethics.

He further expressed the concern that some of the current crop of Journalists, pursue money instead of providing professional work that would help develop the country’s media landscape.

The current media landscape in Ghana, he said has been characterised by the growth of media houses with various interests. “but the expansion and improvement in the sector have not translated into a corresponding improvement in the professional standard expected,” the retired broadcaster said.

Mike Eghan’s concerns are well known in the country as some stakeholders in media have reiterated such calls in the past.

Concerns have been raised that the incident of poor training, low wages and non-payment of journalists, force journalists to compromise on their ethics and professional standards.

Mike Eghan interview by The Republic Assist Editor

He, therefore, called on media owners and managers to pay more attention to their journalists and by so doing, regularly provide in-house training and refresher courses, since the absences of those could negatively affect the integrity of their work.

Mike Eghan, 83, is set to launch a book that he shares his life lessons. The 284-page book, titled “MIKE EGHAN THE “EMPEROR’S” STORY, FROM THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD ” captures his life story.

A native of Sekondi-Takoradi now retired joined the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in 1961. He voluntarily resigned from a Bank job with the Barclay Bank, where his Father Ben Eghan secured for him to pursue his long-life dream career. He worked with BBC, UK and returned to Ghana after a few years to work with GBC. Mr Eghan left to Volta River Authority where he secured a job as treatment Manager.
Again, Eghan left VRA to UK where he later has the opportunity to work with BBC before he returned home.

Mr Eghan said it was time to launch this book and share his experiences and hopefully impact others.

The book explores the opportunities that life does not end with change; rather, it creates a new horizon, allows us an opportunity to understand ourselves better.

This book has been in the works for three years. It reflects his being a lover of music, experiences in broadcasting, being a businessman and the journey to retirement.
He started his Broadcasting career, first as a lover of music and had been an MC for many musical shows in the twin cities of Secondi -Takoradi and Kumasi.

Mike Eghan at BBC

Besides his father, Ben Eghan and brother who influenced his musical tastes, Mike Eghan said the area he grew up in (twin cities of Sekondi-Takoradi), also contributed greatly to his love for music.

Sekondi/Takoradi was the hub of musical bands or groups of which the most popular were the Broadway, the Weavers and the Skylark bands [and] the Railway Silver Band, a 30-piece group with a lot of wind and reed instruments such as the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet and rhythm section. “These music clubs were proven to be best Guitar Club,” Eghan said.

Eghan’s first employment opportunity at GBC, was when he had to step in as an MC of one of the live band music in the twin cities. The regular MC was not available and the Director, Leo Riby Williams, requested he steps in if he could. Eghan said he had to rehearse for the MC at the seashore and when the time came he did a great job.

He was called to the GBC in Accra by Ribi Williams to work at the commercial department soon after he served as an MC, which impressed him. Other operating then were the Globemasters, Modernaires, Stargazers, Comets “ all from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Eghan later left for the UK, where he had the opportunity to work with the BBC for years and later returned to Ghana.
Upon his return to Ghana, Eghan again had the chance to work with the GBC till he later went into business starting with Sundown Hotel during the days of the Military regimes
As a Nkrumahnist, the retired broadcaster joined politics by accident in Convention People Party(CPP).


Source:: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaba

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