After the issue on its transitional process has gone through Parliament for ratification and approval, the Independent Media Commission being the bridge between media practitioners and the general public, thought it fit to educate the average Sierra Leonean through an organized workshop ,where views, ideas, and opinions, about this newly born media institution, could be adequately discussed.
Officially opening the seminar, the British High Commissioner Ian Hughes personally commended the President for his wisdom in transforming the national broadcasting station to a public corporation which for most of the time had been under the firm grip of the government of the day.
He said it is really difficult for any Government to let go something so precious to the advantage of its administration. Commissioner Hughes also called on the management and staff to use wisdom, foresight, courage, and energy in order to maintain the standard of the corporation.
With regards the role of the corporation in nation building, the Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Mr. William Dako said the SLBC should be seen genuinely disseminating accurate information to its citizens without any form of bias or favouritism.
He said the Management should see to it that, ethnic members country wide have access to the station and their views are heard. He however made it categorically clear that the existence of any radio station, stand on four major pillars and these are, Independence, Programme, Funding, and generally Ownership by the public.
Mr.Dako said until these four pillars are effectively managed and upheld, and completely devoid of interference, the corporation would never succeed. He sighted so many instances about the negative consequences which radio has caused both in Ghana and in some other African countries.
On issues concerning the financing of the new corporation, the UN consultant Gregory Knity said the board has to set up mechanisms to raise funds. He did not rule out the fact that the government would not chip in to give assistance, but only that the corporation should not totally depend on government. Knity also cautioned the corporation to discourage financial and material assistance from political parties and ethnic groups, as they can use it as a strategy, to have their way in to the corporation.
He however warned the management to be accountable and regularly pay salaries as it would enhance the ability to have firm control over the staff and the corporation, as a whole.