Ghana’s trusted news source, GHOne TV will on 6th May, 2019 begin news broadcast in Pidgin, the first of its kind in Ghana.
Pidgin is one of the most widely spoken languages across West Africa, even though it is not officially recognised. More often than not, the news media excludes a whole section of society from credible and verifiable information simply because of how it is packaged, leaving non- Standard English speakers who form an appreciable part of our population to fall prey to poor sources.
“This latest addition to the station’s news programming is aimed at expanding its reach among its inner-city audiences in West Africa, with social media playing a crucial role,” News Editor of GHOne TV, Nana Aba Anamoah, said in a statement.
“There is also no gainsaying the fact that considerable misinformation has been circulated about Ghanaian Pidgin English. Some Ghanaians attribute the worsening Standard English to the emergence of Ghanaian Pidgin English BUT we at GHOne TV are convinced that the Ghanaian Pidgin English is serving a very important purpose, which many critics overlook. It serves as an important medium of communication.
“It is used on a wide scale at many places, in popular songs, on political platforms, and on many occasions. GHOne TV like many others on the African continent believes that Pidgin is a language that really unites people and cuts across all sorts of barriers – ethnic, regional and socio-economic,” she added.
Tag lined ‘You go sabi’, meaning you will know, the Pidgin news broadcast will provide a compelling variety of local, regional and international current affairs and analysis – making the news relatable.
The programme will be a unique Monday to Friday Pidgin News Update and half hour broadcast on Sundays.
“We would like to assure our cherished and loyal viewers that though in Pidgin, our characteristic in-depth reporting, analysis, hard-hitting interviews and discussions around the issues that matter to them will not be compromised,” the statement added.