Hosts Of GBC TV “Sports Digest” Programme: Place Of Magnus Rex Danquah

The SPORTS DIGEST programme was a live show when it was inaugurated in 1965 by the then President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The programme was first produced and directed by the late Ben Eghan, Jnr. when he returned from Canada for training.

This programme has passed through great producers like Mr. George Peters, the late James Okine, and the late Nii Nai Adjei.

The ‘ SPORTS DIGEST ‘ show covered various sporting events, including previews and reviews, hosted on the nation’s then only TV Network – GBC-TV .

It was a 30-minute programme, made up of a Host and three Discussants, who are knowledgeable in their selected fields of sports and sportbusiness.

A good number of people had hosted this programme with precision during the seventies and eighties, including the late William Opare, the late Charles Lamptey, legendary Joe Lartey and the indefatigable Magnus RexDanquah, the last to host the Show for over 6-7 years.

In the 80s, Mr. RexDanquah showed great interest to host the programme, so he was asked to understudy the then host, the late Charles Lamptey for a period of three weeks, during which time he also assisted with providing synopsis for the programme.

Mr. RexDanquah was then working with the then National Sports Council (NSC) when he took over.

The popularity of the programme had started waning by that time, so he worked assiduously with the production team of the programme to revamp the Friday evening weekly shows. This involved choosing interesting topics with relevant synopsis for discussion as well as the panelists.

The programme became more popular week after week to the extent that GBC – TV Management extended its duration to 45 minutes.

However, changes in general programming, the national socio-political landscaping with other constraints affected the ‘SPORTS DIGEST’ program for it to be rested. Mr. Henry Akko was the last to produce and direct the programme before its demise.

By Henry Akko, Producer & Director

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