Paul Adom Otchere, The Media and The Politics
Who is Paul Adom Otchere?
Paul Adom Otchere is a Ghanaian broadcast journalist and the host of Good Evening Ghana – a current affairs TV program in Ghana. He served as a board member of the National Communications Authority before he was appointed as chairperson of board of Ghana Airports Company Limited.
Media Practitioners (Journalists) everywhere across the globe are regarded as watchdogs or gatekeepers who also play roles of educating, entertaining and informing the masses in all spheres of our socio-economic development.
In most jurisprudence, the Press are called the fourth force in democratic settings. Ghana’s is no way different from the global definition and task of the Press. The Journalists, usually, act as fact finders for society in checking factual assertions on issues brought to their tables meant for broadcast or publication.
This tradition allows committed Journalists to provide insights and analysis on reports they find. Tactically, such ace reporters or presenters grow flowing intimacy with routine sources; especially for information that makes them balanced, accurate and factual in their delivery.
They use chiefly Beat Reporting; where these broadcast Journalists specialise in areas of the economy, politics, education, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and to mention a few. One of the few successful, fine and most-listened-to media gurus and broadcasters Ghana can ever boast of is no other than Paul Adom Otchere.
Mr Otchere the broadcast ‘beast’ is a Ghanaian broadcast Journalist and the host of the all time favorite “Good Evening Ghana” show on Metro TV.
‘Good Evening Ghana’, is a Metro TV’s award winning, very insightful and probing current affairs program, which Features high profile personalities, politicians and decision makers. The TV show telecasts every Tuesdays and Thursdays on Metro TV. Adom Otchere spontaneously discusses, analysis and tackles some of the most controversial issues Politics and the economy in Ghana.
Paul Adom Otchere and Good Evening Ghana have gained high recognition and following, due to his presentation style, in-depth analysis and content, mainly about politics, electoral reforms, the economy and education, where most of Ghana’s time is invested.
Don’t forget the beast of broadcast Journalists has also vast experience in foreign politicing, which he sometimes find a correlation between Ghana, Africa and the oversees. He is well vested and informed in the beat form of Journalism in the area of Politics and History and has therefore exudes a high sense of confidence and passion for the job.
Mr. Otchere, together with former CEO and owner of Metro TV, Talal Fatal, created the ‘Good Evening Ghana’ program which first aired live on Metro TV in July, 2001, at 7:15 PM, with Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom and the late Edward Salia (former Minister of Communication) as his first guests. In 2001, he received the award for ‘Best News Reporter’ by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
In the same year, 2001, he had a brief stint with BBC as a news reporter, covering the 2001 general elections of the United Kingdom (UK). Paul has received many enviable awards with the Good Evening Ghana program. Mr. Otchere has been the host of Good Evening Ghana for the past 20 years. He is still the producer and host of one of Ghana’s long-held political talk shows, Good Evening Ghana — a current affairs TV program.
Good Evening Ghana airs at 9:00pm GMT on Metropolitan TV (Metro TV) this and every Tuesday and Thursday of the week. Mr. Otchere started his career in broadcast journalism as a news reporter in the late 90s. He worked with Choice FM (now Kasapa FM), Joy FM, and Citi FM in the past. Mr. Otchere played a pivotal role in the set up of Citi FM and was one of the first personalities who anchored the ‘Citi Eyewitness news’.
However, section of his critics and sources under the circumstances in which he operates, perhaps would not agree with him.
Even though he’s one of the favorites ‘wizards’ on air and in the cameras, who gives equal platform to the two most effective political parties in Ghana; the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), some followers and viewers believe he displays bias against the NDC.
One of those critiques is the ranking member on Legal and Constitutional Committee of Parliament Hon. Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor.
Prior to Elections 2020, he campaigned against Mr. Otchere and the Good Evening Ghana Show because he felt the award winning Journalist had been using ‘Good Evening’ program as a propaganda tool to promote the NPP, rather than being neutral and impartial in his presentation as an ace broadcaster.
The South Deyi MP urged members of his party the NDC to boycott Mr. Otchere and his Good Evening Ghana show at the time. Many others from various political parties in Ghana have administered how the award winning Paul uses the show to propagate the works of the NPP. Don’t you think if Mr. Otchere decides to go ‘unbias’ as purported by some masses, he would have been greatest?
BUT, Is Adom Otchere really a member of the NPP?
What mintah.net can say on authority is that Paul Adom-Otchere is a sympathizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and also, a very good follower of President Nana Akufo-Addo. However, we can’t tell is if he is a card-bearing member of the NPP or not.
Most recently Paul on his ‘Good Evening Ghana’ program has not shielded away from showing his political bias against the National Democratic Congress (NDC) although he tries to give a balanced platform to both political parties on his show.
Paul Adom Otchere’s background
Mr Paul Adom Otchere was born on Thursday, March 27th, 1975 making him 47 years old. His parents are Mr and Mrs Adom-Otchere. He comes from Kwamo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Paul actually grew up in Burma Camp in Accra, Ghana, where his father served as a military officer.
Paul Adom Otchere’s educational background
Paul Adom Otchere attended Garrison Primary School in Burma Camp, Accra. Later, he enrolled in the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC) in Accra for his secondary school education. Mr. Otchere graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Classics from the University of Ghana, Legon.
He proceeded to study Law, earning an LLB from the University of Ghana. Mr Otchere further studied at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he was awarded a Master of Science in Development Economics.
Who is Paul Adom Otchere’s wife?
Mr Otchere is currently married to Mrs. Rosemond Adom Otchere and blessed with two beautiful girls.
Paul is currently the Board Chairman for Ghana Airports Company Limited.