Veteran Ghanaian actor Henry Harding popularly known as Pattington Papa Nii has called for a national policy to guide and protect Ghanaian local content.
This comes on the heels of the proliferation of foreign content on local TV in the country.
Speaking in an interview with Benjamin Akakpo on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Friday, 22 May 2020, the veteran actor noted that the government must direct and regulate foreign content on local screens in order to avoid the fading out of the local creative industry.
He said: “We need a government direction, and we need to put leaders in our various departments. These foreign content are very cheap. It is very expensive to produce local content. In fact, it is very very expensive, especially if you want to do a good job”.
“So, the TV stations find it more convenient to go for the 30-dollar, 50-dollar, 20-dollar programmes and show them. So, if, once a day, like I’m saying, there should be a national policy that should even guide and protect the local industry. There’s nothing like that.
“You find a TV station from dawn to dusk showing foreign content and nobody cares.
“Even prime time, there must be regulation of a sort, other than that we shall continue to wallow in great misery”, said the former ‘Taxi Driver’ star who is famous for his use of big words.