MBC Boss warns against sending stale news

by Beatrice Bangula

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director General, George Kasakula has warned District Information Officers (DIOs) to avoid sending stale news to the public broadcaster, saying this is against broadcasting ethics.

Kasakula said this on Wednesday in Mponela during the training of Ministry of Information and Digitalisation Officers in Local Authority News production that will enable Malawi News Agency district based journalists to send stories for MBC to publish.

Kasakula said there are a lot of things happening in districts and it is the responsibility of District Information officers to send such stories in good time.

“News stories should not take 24 hours before being published. This should be your daily trend,” said Kasakula.

District Information Officer for Zomba, Solister Mogha  commended the move and promised to always observe time when sending news.

“We have taken note of the concern and promise to do better. However, let me appeal to our editors to also develop keen interest by ensuring that stories are processed in time.

“Furthermore, I would like to suggest for a special editorial desk that would be responsible for district news alerts other than the normal and long editorial channel,” said Mogha.

The  workshop attracted 28 DIOs from all districts and was funded by World Bank through National Local Government Finance Committee.