The Chief Executive Officer of Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards, Mr. Prince Mackay, says there have been several attempts by media personalities and intermediaries to corrupt his awards scheme.
Mr. Mackay disclosed that he rejected a brand new Pajero car from a man acting on behalf of a presenter to induce him to reward him with an award.
The credibility of awards schemes in the country have been a subject of discussion. Critics often accuse the organisers of accepting bribes and rewarding undeserving personalities.
However, Prince said the Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards reward only distinguished personalities who have excelled in the media space within the year under review and they would not allow its reputation to be tarnished.
“I can tell on authourity I have even been offered a brand new Pajerro. But I didn’t take it. I don’t have a Pajerro,” he said on Power 97.9FM.
According to the CEO of RTP Awards, the man told him the unnamed media personality, “‘wants to win your awards. The person does damage control for me when my issues come up in the media, and he says he desires, only one thing. Thus, to win an RTP Award. Do all within your means to make it possible for him.”
Prince Mackay said he rejected the offer and explained to the man how professional the awards scheme is being run, adding that,” uptill date the man respects me so much.”
“Right in front of me he called the person [on phone] to inform him this person [Prince Mackay] is different,” he added.
Speaking on the Power Entertainment programme hosted by Agyemang Prempeh on Saturday night, he mentioned that the bribes come in many forms.
At one instance, Prince Mackey intimated that, a female presenter wanted to trade her body for an award. But he flee from the temptation.
The 2020 Adonko Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards is scheduled for November 7 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams/ myxyzonline.com / Ghana