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Astute sports Journalist Joe Lartey opens up on his career



The Lartey family is labelled in many circles as synonymous with sports in Ghana. This indigenous family tradition of being aligned with sports in general and sports commentary specifically stems from the successful practice of sports journalism by the famous social, political and sports icon and legend, Joe Lartey Snr. Popularly referred to as OVER TO YOU Joe Lartey.

With decades of experience, Joe Lartey Snr. passed on the baton to the current Chief Sport’s driver at the new TV Africa, Joe Lartey Jnr.

The rise of Joe Lartey Jnr began in 1999 where he started off as a part-time sports presenter on GBC Radio 2, and twenty years down the line, the burning question remains, has he been successful with filling the shoes of his mentor [father] who turned 91 last year?

We had a hearty one-on-one conversation with Joe Lartey (Jnr.) where he talked about his life, sports in Ghana, global sports, challenges facing the discipline, stumbling blocks, wrong turns and all, and as usual, we had to branch off into our trivia-question segment.

  1. What is your official name?    

Joe: Prince Joe Lartey Jnr

  1. Where in Ghana do you hail from?

Joe: James Town, Accra.

  1. Educational background in brief

Joe: Diploma in Journalism, diploma in public relations, certificate in Sports broadcast from BBC, certificate in journalism from DW academy. Certificate from GBC training college.

4     Who is your role model, and why?

             Joe: My dad is my role model. He has been rated the number one sports commentator in Africa. He has also been my mentor throughout the years. He also mentored all my three mentors at the GBC training college.

5     What do you usually do in your spare time? Your hobbies?

     Joe: I read, write and go lake fishing

6     What’s your superpower, If you have any will you use for good or evil

      Joe: don’t have any but if I had, I will use it for a good course.

7     Professional Career (from beginning to Tv Africa)

Joe: Started in GBC as a part-time sports presenter in 1999 on radio 2. I was then a teacher of English Literature. I was promoted to UNIQ FM, also belonging to GBC. There I worked as a sports broadcaster under different broadcast supervisors at different times. I worked first under Nii Nortey Dua who later became a deputy sports minister, then under Nii Lamptey Vanderpuije who also became a sports minister. I worked under George Lartey as well. George Lartey gave me the microphone for my first radio sports commentary, at the Accra Sports Stadium. I did both sports and ceremonial commentary on GBC Radio which was linked to all its affiliates throughout the ten regions of Ghana.


In 2003, I became a discussant on GBC TV Sports shows SPORTS BEAT, hosted by George Lartey. I trained briefly under renowned TV sports commentator Kwabena Yeboah and later started TV football commentary. I did commentary on both national and international matches. On 7th July 2004, I joined TV Africa as an assistant sports producer and Sports presenter. I rose through the ranks to become a Producer, Senior Producer, Sports Editor, and Supervisor. I have sat in on the morning show host several times and later became a co-host of the show, (then known as DAYBREAK) I was also a standby for the current affairs show, MATTERS ARISING


8      How did you develop your interest in Sports?

Joe: My father is a renowned commentator on the African continent. Joe Lartey SNR. He worked at the GBC in Ghana and later at the Nigeria broadcasting corporation.  He has been ranked as the all-time number one commentator in Africa. So when I applied for a job as a reporter and newsreader at GBC in 1999, the then director of Radio, Chris Tackie told me straight away ‘YOU WILL BE A SPORTS COMMENTATOR’. He then sent for the head of sports, Nii Nortey Dua and handed me over to him and that was the commencement of my broadcasting career.


9           What is the story with you and TV Africa in relation to sports?

Joe:  When I joined TV AFRICA on 7th July 2004, there was no sports desk, no sports programme, and no sports presenter. The founder of the station Kwaw Ansah gave me a lot of support. In 2008, after successfully broadcasting the AFCON Live, I was promoted to managerial level.

10   Is sports Journalism a recognized and respected profession in Ghana?

Joe:  Sports journalism is now more respected than about ten years ago. Some journalism schools treat sports journalism as a separate course and some have studios where they are taught sports broadcasting. Some also have campus journals where the writing skills of students are honed.

11   Do you have any challenges as a sports journalist, if so what are they, if not why so?

Joe: A lot of the young people joining the fold do not know the difference between the love for sports and the ability to be a sports journalist who should be able to speak fluently and write well. Due to the proliferation of radio and TV Stations across the country, there are a lot of sports journalist who does not have the requisite training and skills. They drag the name of this profession in the mud

12  What has been your most exciting sporting moment?

Joe:  The first one was when I hosted Chelsea FC on my sports talk show on TV AFRICA in Ghana in May 2007.The second was when CNN chose me as their Ghanaian Sports representative to report the 2010 world cup in South Africa.

13  What in your opinion are the challenges facing sports in Ghana?

Joe: There are a lot of wrong people at the helm of sports affairs in this country. This has brought about a stagnation in the growth of sports. It has also culminated in ignominy for this country and we have become a laughing stock. (E.g. the Brazil debacle in the 2010 World Cup and the Australia scandal in the 2018 commonwealth games)

14  Can you prescribe the way forward the sports journalism in Ghana?

Joe: The bar to the entry requirement to journalism institutions should be raised in order to get good candidates for journalism. The authorities in charge should sanction the establishment of journalism institutions.

15 How can we improve the love for other sporting disciplines in Ghana?

Joe: The lesser known sports should have more wherewithal to operate. The concentration shouldn’t only be on the football

16 What in your opinion is the way forward for sports in Ghana?

Joe: Government should have a direct say in the sports affairs of this nation. They shouldn’t just entrust it into the hands of federations. In this way, when things are going wrong, the situation can be ameliorated early.

Switching from the career and personal talk we delved into some trivialities with the sports anchor.

17  If the average human lifespan was 40 years, how would you live your life

Joe:   Telling people about the wonders of God

18  If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?

Joe:  Piloting a Cessna. (It’s my obsession)

19  If you could invent anything, what would it be and why?

Joe:  The panacea for old age.

20  What stands between you and your happiness?

Joe: a Psychological eclipse of the moon and stars (don’t ask me what it means)

21  What movie deserves a sequel?



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Turas debuts new show “Written in the Stars” on Joy Prime



A star is the type of astronomical object consisting of a luminous spheroid of plasma held together by its own gravity. A star in our local setting is someone who stands out in their profession or skill.

Our superstars are human, just like you and I. How powerful will it be to have an open window to their weapons of survival?

Written in the Stars brings to you the leaders, pacesetters, role models and mountain shakers in all walks of life.

Written in The Stars is a 30 minute chat show with various professionals ranging from musicians, lawyers, doctors, professors and many others who are setting an example for all and sundry to follow. The setting of the interview takes place in their comfort zone. Purpose of this to achieve the main objective of the show which is to uncover that other side of them they never talk about. Scars, wounds, troubling past, near-death experiences and weakness which never weighs them down as they share their survival strategies. Not your regular one-on-one Interview session which will go off track to talk about third party’s and matters relating outside the scope of the star.

Society has a view that people in high places, famous and of prominence are superhumans who have no flaws. You will be amazed with the revelations this show will be bringing as you spend time with host Alex Crassie as he asks the tough questions you may have never thought of.

Alex Kwesi Crassie is a seasoned Ghanaian entertainment presenter who has broken boundaries in the field of entertainment.  Based in South Africa, he was previously the host of Good Morning Africa on DSTV, as well as The Request show, also on DSTV and GoTV.

Premiering on Joy Prime on the 3rd of June, this show will be aired every Sunday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.
Written in the Stars is produced by Ark House Productions.

So get on board, put on your seatbelts and let us take you on that roller coaster trip with amazing stories which can only be ‘Written in the Stars.



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Fw: Four HD Channels Coming To DStv



Your favourite Discovery channels on DStv are now available in HD bringing audiences a fresh dose of entertainment, bigger and clearer than ever before. From Monday 21 May, TLC (channel 135), Discovery Family (channel 121) and Investigation Discovery (ID) (channel 171) will be available in HD, boosting the viewing experience for TLC OMG lovers, ID crime suspense fanatics, and Discovery Family magic shows followers across Africa. The three channels will join Discovery Channel, which is also available in HD.

“At Discovery, we are constantly seeking ways to enable our passionate audiences to explore their world and unlock new experiences. With our entire DStv portfolio available in HD, Discovery fans can now catch their most loved shows in the best quality,” said Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Africa and the Middle East.

According to Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, “MultiChoice key priority is to put customer’s needs at the heart of everything we do.  part of our continuous efforts to offer an ever-evolving and enhanced DStv experience that ensures our customers get the most value for money, we’re delighted to announce that four DStv channels will now air in High Definition for our customers from 11pm on the 21st of May.” Customers will not have to tamper with their decoders to be able to enjoy the enhanced picture quality.

Showcasing the best in meaningful entertainment and reality shows, this June TLC will premiere shows such as THANDO BARES ALL (Saturday 2 June at 7pm) a new local series which sees South African actress, radio DJ and television host, Thando Thabe the sassy, straight-talking style and charismatic personality encourage people to ‘open up’ and be honest about things they might otherwise be embarrassed to talk about. While Honey Boo Boo’s mum, June Shannon AKA “Mama June” is back with all new MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT (Tuesday 12 June at 7pm), and she’s hotter than ever!

Then on ID, new series THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER: IT’S NOT OVER (Thursday 24 May at 7.55pm) follows the decades-long case of the real-life bogeyman who stalked the night across four major Californian cities, assaulting over 50 women and killing at least ten people.

Lastly, on Discovery Family’s STRANGE EVIDENCE (Wednesday 6 June at 5:20pm), experts from across all fields of science analyse video footage to discover the truth behind some of the world’s most bizarre and mysterious occurrences ever recorded on camera.

Skip the FOMO and be part of the new-look TLC, Discovery Family and ID, when they launch in stunning HD on Monday 21st May, only on DStv.



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Ghana DJ Awards officially Presents Citation to Mark Okraku Mantey



Officials of the Prestigious Ghana DJ Awards has officially presented Mark Okraku Mantey with his citation and prize.

Mark Okraku who was unable to attend the highly attended event held on Saturday, May 5th, was honoured for his contribution to ‘deejaying’ in Ghana.

In a brief ceremony held at the offices of the Multimedia Group, Mark received the Citation with joy and thanked the Ghana DJ Awards board for honouring him.

In his rather passionate acceptance speech, the Creative Arts Council President said, “I had nothing to show for my work as a DJ but I now have something to refer to and show to my children. My profound gratitude to the board and organizers of the Ghana DJ Awards for this prestigious honour and thanks to Device Tech Addiction and Kriss Coconut Milk for the prizes. I will use these products and give you feedback”, he added.

Those who are quite old and have followed music entertainment would remember the great work Mark did when he was at Joy FM. He was one of the few DJs at that time.

Mark Okraku also played at Balm Tavern as a nightclub DJ. At the same time, he played at several parties, leaving a mark of excellence at each.

As programs manager at Hitz 103.9fm, Mark has powered the agenda of DJing, helped recruit top DJs including Ghana’s finest hypeman, Merqury Quaye, and facilitating the unearthing of unique talents through radio talent shows.

Mark Okraku-Mantey attended Datus Complex Schools (Bubuashie) and continued to St. Augustine College in the Central region. In his school days, he was the first student to be allowed to play as official Disc Jockey for St. Augustine College.

The Ghana DJ Awards was created to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs) who promote Ghana music. The Awards is an exciting annual program designed to foster the development of the Ghana music industry by rewarding and celebrating Radio, Mobile and Club Disc Jockeys who have excelled in their fields of endeavour. It is, actually, the only national award scheme in Africa that appreciates and celebrates DJs for their work. It is also a platform that rewards veteran DJs who have blazed the trail in the music industry over the years.

The main objective is to recognize the electronic dance music scene and seeks to let the world know that the art of Disc Jockeying is a respected craft, with DJs playing a major role in the overall Music and Entertainment industry.

In 2012, the very first edition of the Ghana DJ Awards was conceived by Merqury Quaye, a DJ, music lover, renowned MC and radio show host. The very first edition was held at the National Theatre on 15th February 2012 and has been held annually since then.


As one of the pioneer crop of radio DJs from the mid nineteen eighties, you came to the game with an accomplished track record as a disc jockey on the club circuit dating back to your schooldays at St Augustine.

Your work with Joy FM prepared you for a glorious career as a music producer whose A listed artists were at the vanguard of the hip-life revolution which has indeed provided jobs and succour for many people worldwide.


Your role in the creative arts cannot be understated as you used your keen understanding of music to mould and groom talent through your participation as a judge on numerous reality shows in the country. Indeed your candid opinions endeared you to many a viewer.


Today you still continue to groom and develop talent through your numerous roles as a media executive, television producer, talent manager, event organizer and creative arts consultant. It is no wonder that your contribution to the creative industries has been recognized by the state and you are currently the President of the Creative Arts Council of Ghana.


It is in recognition of these immense contributions to Ghana’s development through the Arts in general and the media in particular that the board of the Ghana DJ Awards 2018 acknowledges you as an inspiration in the creative arts in Ghana and confers on you the Lifetime Achievement Award today, Saturday, 5th May 2018.


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SP Kofi Sarpong, Pastor Kofy join TV Africa to celebrate ‘ Supa Mom’



Ghana’s fastest growing television brand, Tv Africa, on Saturday, 12th May 2018 held the maiden edition of its Mother’s day special dubbed SUPA MOM.
The occasion witnessed fans, friends, hosts, celebrities pay respect to mothers in Ghana and across the globe.
Serving mothers to some exhilarating music was gospel maestro, Chief SP, Kofi Sarpong, the energetic  Pastor Kofy, Evangelist Agnes Opoku Aygemang and a host of others.
Hosts Nikki Samonas, Obuobia Darko-Opoku, Classy Judy,  Aysha Papabi, Sika, Khadijat El_Alawa were not left out as thrilled and engaged the Supa Moms to a few activities.
According to GM, Content, Creation and Production, the Supa Mom special was conceived to foster love between mothers and wards.
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SWITCH OFF TO SWITCH ON THE ECONOMY: Global experts review digital migration




The Digital Dialogue Conference 2018 facilitated by MultiChoice concluded with a panel discussion offering first-hand insight into the successes and challenges associated with the transition to digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Africa, ranging from international coordination, standardisation, regulation, harmonisation and the broader economics of spectrum management and digital migration.

The expert panel consisted of Gerhard Petrick, Deputy Chairperson of the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA), Michèle Coat, Radio Communication Engineer at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Peter Barnet, Chair of CM-WiB at Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) and Greg Bensbert, MBE, General Manager of Digital 3&4 at ITV.

“Good progress has been made by selecting and implementing the most advanced and spectrum efficient technology for terrestrial broadcasting.  However, significant work remains in yielding the digital dividend, with only a few SADC countries having cleared the dividend bands”, Petrick offered in his opening remarks.

Furthermore, Petrick illustrated how network costs can typically be derived and stated that Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) cost per service should be substantially lower than analogue network costs.

From a consumer value proposition, Petrick confirmed that the digital networks offer better video quality and audio in the interest of the consumers, although most deployments are Standard Definition (SD) instead of High Definition (HD).  “There is still potential for more services to be accommodated for the networks that are currently on-air” he remarked.

Coat stated that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) facilitated the planning of the migration to digital and the co-ordinating spectrum requirements.  This included a follow-up to the Geneva 2006 (GE-06) conference to plan the digitisation of broadcasting and associated frequency use for 119 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central Asia.

She confirmed that the remainder of the UHF band (470-694 MHz) is earmarked for broadcasting for the foreseeable future whilst the digital dividend (694-862 MHz) bands to be released in the switchover from analogue to digital TV will play a critical role in delivering broadband wireless access.

Barnett gave a review of new developments in DVB – the industry-led consortium of about 160 of the world’s leading digital TV and technology companies, drawn from broadcasters; ttelecommunications network operators; regulators and manufacturers who collectively draft the satellite system standards.

Peter also shared an update of the DVB including DVB-S2X which offers Extended SNR (C/N) range, Finer granularity from additional MODCODs, Additional roll-off values, Channel bonding. And will be available for DTH from early 2018. He also mentioned DVB-SIS – Single Illumination System- a cost efficient delivery of DVB broadcasts onto IP networks and will use 1 transponder to feed both terrestrial transmitters and DTH receivers. The new offering was originally developed for satellite, however, it can also handle terrestrial and cable formats. Also in the new development pipeline is DVB-I (terms of reference approved in Feb 2018) which is set to provide a user perception of a linear TV channel, discovered and consumed over the open internet. Further developments in this space include updates on RCS2 (Return Channel on Satellite); Satellite beam hopping; Low latency IP delivery, updates on Simulcrypt headend, Emergency Warning System, Targeted Advertising and more which are available on for the full work plan.

Has the transition to digital been a success for broadcasters? And how did the transition to digital change the TV universe? Along with the questions, Bensberg also gave some insights from his digital migration work as a key technical and regulatory adviser to UK Government Ministers during the switchover and future demands of technology changes.

Using the UK’s 2005 Analogue Switchover (Digital Migration) as a case study, Peter shared that after migrating to digital, all public service channels in the UK became available to all viewers with more than 20 other new channels created, e.g. Sky News. The migrations also extend the channels’ reach with the government cost-benefit analysis (in 2005) revealing a net benefit of around £2bn to the UK.

Bensberg also shared his insights on how digital migration has allowed broadcast services to better compete with emerging platforms. “The adoption of digital technology has dramatically changed the TV industry in all markets were it has been adopted. The initial response of the content owners to the threat posed by the internet was to revert to legal challenge, either through direct litigation (as in Napster) or via government response creating new laws (as in the DCMA and Digital Economy Act). However, broadcasters have since moved to offer their own content on-line and increasing are aiming to build on their existing platforms to offer a hybrid service to viewers, such as Freeview Play,” says Bensberg. He also adds this has allowed them to offer an official route to accessing their content which they can monetise and gave them control over the branding and prominence of their services.

Gerhard Petrick concluded the panel discussions by stating that digital migration is a vital natural resource and any delays would have long-term consequences to the economy: “The opportunity cost of not yielding dividend bands has a significant negative impact on countries which haven’t implemented digital migration.  These bands will play a critical role in providing broadband wireless access and allowing citizens to participate in the economy”.






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Happy FM Embarks on Accountability Campaign in the Sports Fraternity



Happy FM, in collaboration with Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) are embarking on a campaign to promote transparency and accountability in Sports Administration in Ghana.

The campaign which will be launched at 8am on-air during Happy FM’s ‘Anopa Bosuo’ show on May 9, seeks to demystify the perception that sports administration in Ghana is engulfed with corruption.

The on-air launch will have representatives from Happy FM Sports Team, StarGhana and GACC among others who will give a summary about what the whole campaign is going to be about. The name of the campaign will also be unveiled at the launch.

Currently Sports Administration, with reference to football, is open to people who own or head the football clubs. The fans have no say. FIFA’s statutes also prevent third parties – including states – from ‘interfering’ in the affairs of the FA, hence worsening the opacity that already exists. This has made the FA feel almost immune to all attempts at accountability from the general public and even state agencies or the government.

This campaign also seeks to enhance transparency and accountability in the Sports Administration and address certain pertinent issues bothering the general public with regards to the Sports Administration.

The project is brought to you by StarGhana with funding from UK aid (DFID), DANIDA and EU.














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