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Media Watch: Monday 20th June – Friday 25th June 2016



3.30pm: Talk to Al Jazeera : Niger Youth

Despite violence and the refugee crisis young people in Niger tell us why hope remains.


BBC Radio 4

4pm: A Portrait of Lemin Sesay

Fiona Graham-Mackay has painted hundreds of portraits, including Seamus Heaney and Sir Andrew Motion. “It’s in the space between sentences that people reveal themselves,” she says.

Recorded in Lemn’s home and at the Foundling Museum in London, where Lemn is a fellow, the programme follows the portrait taking shape. It’s an intimate experience, peeling away the layers to capture the essence of the sitter as seen through the artist’s eye. And in this, conversations meander in unexpected places.

Features a reading of “Suitcases and Muddy Parks” from Rebel Without Applause by Lemn Sissay, published by Canongate. Used with permission.


BBC Radio 4

8pm: Borders of Sanity: Healing in Ghana

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness?

In this religious country, most people seek out spiritual interpretations or traditional methods of healing.

Despite there being only 18 trained psychiatrists in the whole of Ghana, advocates of Western-style practices have been pushing for the use of medication and the human rights of the mentally ill.

In this final programme of a four-part series, Christopher Harding asks whether spiritual and biological interpretations and treatments for mental illness can ever get along.




23.30pm: Africa Investigates : Ghana: Cancer Ward

Exposing the corrupt medical staff and hospitals that make big profits from fake diagnoses and bogus cancer treatments.


BBC Radio 4

8.45pm: Straight from the Root

VV Brown explains why after years of relaxing, weaving and extending it, she has embraced her natural hair.

A singer-songwriter, model and record producer, VV has long needed to take care of her image. But recent changes in her life have prompted her to ask why that has meant covering up her natural hair.



News Publications

Unpaid Salaries Row: ThisDay publisher, Obaigbena, orders dismissal of 13 journalists

The management of THISDAY Newspapers on Wednesday took a decision to dismiss 13 employees who issued a strike notice to the publication on Tuesday, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

A top management staff within the company told PREMIUM TIMES that Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Leaders & Company Limited, which runs THISDAY Newspaper titles and Arise TV Network, wrote in an internal memo that the 13 journalists attached to its bureau in Abuja should be paid due salaries, but should be compelled to pay all outstanding debts they owed the company before their contracts are terminated.

“Please work out what each of them is owed including pensions, net off all debt to the company and terminate all the appointments with immediate effect,” the source quoted Mr. Obaigbena as saying in an internal memo addressed to the company’s acting head of human resources, Emmanuel Efeni. “This company has policies and will not be run in the village square.”

The sacked workers had in the Tuesday correspondence appealed to the paper’s management to clear backlog of salaries, a situation they said had left them unable to “meet our obligations both to our families and other responsibilities.”

Citing, amongst other concerns, “an abysmal disregard” of their contribution by the company’s management, the distressed workers warned the company of their resolve to embark on a week strike if their demands fell through.

“Should the management fail to pay us by Friday, June 10, 2016, we will have no option than to embark on a one-week warning strike from Sunday June 12, 2016 until June 19, 2016,” they wrote. “Please, note that an indefinite strike will ensue at the expiration of the warning strike.”

In the notice, which was collectively-signed by Tobi Soniyi, Olawale Ajimotokan, Patrick Ugeh, Senator Iroegbu, James Emejo, Omololu Ogunmade, Paul Obi, Ndubusi Francis, Dele Ogbodo, Damilola Oyedele, Chineme Okafor, Godwin Omoigui and Onyebuchi Ezigbo, the workers said, “For several years, we have sacrificed everything – emotionally, physically and materially – to ensure the continued survival of THISDAY.”

But in his memo, our sources said, Mr. Obaigbena said the reporters “canvassed” for adverts for the newspaper which were not paid for, saying the nonpayment had contributed to the more than N1 billion the paper is being owed in revenues.

News Publications

Black News Site TheGrio Bought My Billionaire TV Producer

A popular black news site TheGrio has been bought by a billionaire television producer.

Entertainment Studios Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Byron Allen announced the acquiring of the New York-based digital news platform yesterday (Jun 15).

“We are excited to have TheGrio join Byron Allen’s ever-expanding Entertainment Studios media empire,” the news site’s co-founder and executive editor David Wilson said.

“Byron shares our vision of growing TheGrio into the leading video content creator and distribution platform for African-Americans. We look forward to developing the next iteration of TheGrio, and the fact that it will remain 100 percent African-American owned is very significant.”

On his new assets, Byron said: “David Wilson and his founding partner Dan Woolsey have done an incredible job these past seven years building TheGrio, and we are one thousand percent committed to continue expanding this digital news community’s reach across all global media platforms, including our broadcast television syndication programs, cable television networks, and motion picture division.”

He added: “We plan on investing heavily in digital publishing, and TheGrio has an excellent management team, making it the perfect asset to start our portfolio of online publishing.”

The news comes the same week Ebony magazine announced its own acquisition by a black-owned, Texas-based private equity firm, the Clear View group.