It emerged today that the National Democratic Congress has resolved to boycott Kokrokroo, the morning show on Accra based Peace FM.
The boycott of the station’s flagship political shows takes effect from Wednesday, May 6 2020.
The NDC’s decision to boycott the programme was announced by Kwame Sefa Kayi on Wednesday.
Initial reports indicated that the party wanted its former Central Regional Chairman, Bernard Allotey Jacobs removed as a panel over his public utterances.
But a statement signed by Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer, reveals that the party is not happy with the unfair panelling on the show.
Read the full statement below
NDC BOYCOTTS PEACE (104.3) FM’S MORNING SHOW (KOOKROKOO)*
6th May, 2020
The National Communication Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wishes to inform all its Communicators, Media Monitors, and Officials that the Party has boycotted Peace (104.3) FM’s morning show (Kookrokoo) effective today, Wednesday, 6th May 2020.
This decision has been occasioned by the unfair paneling system that the Production Team of that program 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 program to permanently reserve one (1) of the two (2) slots the party has traditionally had on Wednesdays on the show to Mr. Allotey Jacobs, who is often introduced by the host of the program as a “Social Commentator with strong leanings to the NDC”, ostensibly to spite the NDC.
All efforts to get the Producers and Host of the program to give us a fair representation on the show over the past eight (8) 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 flies in the face of the long-standing tradition of the program, which allocates two (2) slots each to the NDC and the NPP on Wednesdays and Fridays respectively. 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 (2) slots on Fridays while the NDC’s two slots on Wednesdays are reduced to one (1), 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 program, 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 program, until the station addresses our concerns and reviews their unfair paneling system.
(National Communication Officer, NDC)