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Regional News of Wednesday, 8 January 2003

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FM station proprietor advices presenters to be non-political

Mr Oheneba Owusu, Managing Director of the CHRIS FM Station at Berekum in Brong Ahafo, has advised presenters on FM Stations to avoid allowing individuals to promote their political ambitions on air.

Delivering a New Year goodwill message to listeners Mr Owusu recalled that the Brong-Ahafo Regional Security Council closed the station for two weeks in November 2000 "on political grounds."

"As a presenter at the time of the incident I had interviewed an aspiring Member of Parliament for Berekum seeking the mandate of the people and his statements might have incurred the displeasure to the then government.''

He advised the public to desist from using FM Stations to promote their political ambitions as the stations were private and were not supported by any political party.

Mr Owusu said CHRIS FM Station was making strides in its activities and had acquired new and modern equipment.

Transmission has been increased from 500 to 1000 kilowatts and the broadcasting system has been upgraded and computerized to enrich programmes.

He cited that a Programme known as "Whose Duty", introduced by the station has propelled Berekum to win national awards in the years 2000 and 2001 for being the best environmentally clean town.

CHRIS FM has also been assisting the National Commission on Civic Education to carry out programmes to inform the people about the government's policies including the causes and effects of the HIV/AIDS.