From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Sylvia Blyden to join SLBC Morning Shows
By Aruna Turay
Jun 16, 2010, 17:08

Popular female publisher of Sierra Leone’s most widely read newspaper, the Awareness Times, has yesterday commended the decision by the Ernest Bai Koroma Government to totally hands-off the now-Independent State Broadcaster. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden was speaking whilst accepting an invitation from the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation’s interim management to become a key Panelist on one of the Broadcaster’s most popular Television programmes; the daily morning reviews of issues and news concerning Sierra Leone.

"It is no secret that I am one of the objective critics of this current Government and my criticisms can be hard-hitting so my unfettered presence on the SLBC Morning Shows where I will be allowed to freely say my mind to national television viewers about my opinions on contemporary issues will be a sure sign of the maturity of this Ernest Bai Koroma regime to allow all shades of dissenting opinions to be aired; I hope the collaboration will be allowed to continue unhindered and unthreatened," Blyden said yesterday shortly after she was asked to join the team of discussants.

Whilst Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s schedule will not make it possible for her to be present at every single Morning Show, she has already promised the SLBC’s interim Management that she will be a regular presence during the popular television discussion show that airs at 10:00am every weekday. Dr. Blyden will make her first appearance tomorrow, Thursday June 17th 2010.

Madam Lucien Ganda of the SLBC told Awareness Times that they were all very excited at the acceptance of the SLBC’s Invitation by Dr. Blyden to be a part of the Morning Programme as, in the opinion of the SLBC, having Dr. Blyden on board, will add "a matured, objective, non-partisan and critical voice to our discussions". She said the decision taken yesterday to invite Dr. Sylvia Blyden to join the team was "taken at the highest possible levels of the SLBC Management and is a sign of the true independent nature of the newly launched SLBC".

Meanwhile, Dr. Sylvia Blyden is already developing a concept for a proposed brand new One Hour Radio Talk Show that will be solely hosted by her and which will be broadcasted nationwide at least twice a week. "It is indeed time for all shades of opinions in this country to use our independent State Broadcaster to talk to our people. I already transmit my thoughts to a significant chunk of the country through our newspaper pages but my ultimate aim is to talk to the entire country through the airwaves and in the local Creole language for maximum effect," she informed.

"I am already hard at work on the concept with the help of some of the country’s most seasoned broadcasters and my proposed one-hour programme addressing the Nation and People of Sierra Leone on what I think should be the way forward for Sierra Leone will soon be launched and I promise it will very exciting," Dr. Sylvia Blyden informed.

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