The National Media Commission (NMC) has ordered NET2 TV and the Host of The Seat Show, Kweku Annan to retract and apologise to Messers Francis Akuamoah Boateng and Bright Okyere-Adjekum on publications made on nine episodes of the programme from April 13, 2022 to May 16, 2022.
Per report, the Host did broadcast on the programme what he termed “Expose or the outcome of investigations that he had embarked upon regarding the administration of the Estate of the late John Prempeh, a former Controller and Accountant-General.”
The broadcast alleged that the Will of the late John Prempeh was altered thus, implicating the complainants in forgery and criminal conduct.
However, the complainants described the allegations as false and unsubstantiated which sought to defame them on a live radio conversation with one John Peter Prempeh-Bonsu, son of the late John Prempeh.
The complainants therefore filed a complaint against the media practitioner at the NMC.
According to a statement issued by the NMC and signed Alexander Bannerman, Deputy Executive Secretary, “At the Complaints Settlement Committee, Kweku Annan, the host of the programme could not substantiate the allegations so the allegations were rejected and thus concluded that they had no case. The NMC explained that assuming that the complainants were guilty merely because of not responding did not mean they were guilty of the allegations. Therefore, the station did not follow basic ethical journalistic rules by airing a one sided story on the Estate of the late John Prempeh.”
The Commission found the behaviour of NET2 TV and the Host as unprofessional and therefore directed the station to apologise, retract and treat the apology with the same prominence as the offending material.
In addition, the television station has been directed to remove the alleged offending materials from all their social media platforms.