Former BBC Correspondent becomes GRTS Director General

Former BBC Correspondent becomes GRTS Director General

A former BBC Africa reporter Ebrima Sillah is the new Director General of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS). Sillah replaces Malick Jones, who was redeployed to the Ministry of Information as Deputy Permanent Secretary.

Sillah was forced to flee the Gambia in 2004 for being critical of Jammeh and his government.

The government was apparently unhappy with series of his reports on a number of unexplained disappearances and allegations of the widespread torture of political detainees.

There were several attempts to his life. He survived an arson attack on his home in Gambia and at least two kidnapping attempts while living in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. It forced him to move to Ghana.

Sillah was first rumored to be President Adama’s Barrow pick for Information Minister.

GRTS, the state’s broadcast network has been accused of keeping the opposition at a distance and deny them access. Previous elections have ruled as not free or fair, partly because it edited opposition campaign materials.

Sillah is expected to bring in reforms and transform the institution into a more professional network.

GRTS is financially handicapped. The new administration will have to revive it from bankruptcy, make it more entertaining and marketable and allow divergent political views.

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