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SLBC is neutral – Thomas P. Sowa

SLBC is neutral – Thomas P. Sowa

Mr. Thomas P. Sowa, Director of Administration and Human Resource has told Sierra Express that the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) is neutral and that it was established as an Act of Parliament on April 1, 2010 to among other things execute, provide, and give best of services to the consuming public in terms of information, education and entertainment to fill appetites of the news wanting public.  (Photo: Thomas P Sowa)

He said the former Sierra Leone Broadcasting Services (SLBS) and the United Nations (UN) radio were merged to form the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a national public broadcaster to achieve the afore mention object and goals.

The SLBC had a dearth of professional television presenters at its initial phase of operations, he says, but this was soon repulsed as the management made use of the few staff with years of experience in the practical field world of broadcasting. “This follows a series of corporate and in-service trainings the management of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation had in place for its staff”, he stated. He said the Deutch Waller, BBC World Service Trust, Chinese Ministry of Information and Communication, Egypt’s Ministry of Information and Communication and the UN have all provided trainings for staff of the SLBC.

He said the UN was paying staff of the SLBC at the initial phase of the broadcaster’s transition period but such payment has ceased when the corporation assumed it full functions. The SLBC is faced with constraints of raising its salary bills to pay its 180 staff in the broadcasting headquarters in Freetown including the six regional stations in Makeni, Magboraka, Bo, Kono, Kenema, and Kailahun.  The corporation runs a salary bill of Le 393 Million per month. The SLBC accrues a minimum Le 200 million  per month on advertising and funds generated from legal sources provided for in the Act under Part V Act 16 (1) a – e and (2) thereof in which establishes the SLBC as a national public broadcaster. It states: “The activities of the corporation shall be financed by a fund consisting of a) monies appropriated by parliament for the purposes of the corporation; b) monies accruing to the corporation in the course of its operations, including monies paid for services rendered by the corporation; c) any investment revenue; d) loans; e) gifts or donations from any person or authority (2) the funds of the corporation shall be applied only for the purposes of the approved budget of the corporation

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