-Feasibility studies underway for a PCC Television
The already rich broadcast media landscape in the Northwest region is blessed with yet another radio station.
Christian Broadcasting Service Bamenda hit the airwaves on Friday January 20, 2017 and was inaugurated by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, Rt Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba.
Operating on Frequency Modulation, FM 101.0, and located at the BamendaNtamulung hill, the radio which is an arm of the Presbyterian Church Communication Department has as mission “to preach Christ in every way” and given its Christian nature, it is open to all recognized churches and the general public.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Moderator of the PCC, Rt Rev. Fonki Samuel Forba just like the church’s National Communication Secretary, Rev. Mokoko Thomas Mbue and the North West Regional Delegate of Communication, Dr Marie Louis B prescribed responsible journalism as a base for the success of the radio.
All of them were unanimous that with the tense socio-politico economic environment in Cameroon worsened by the “happening now” syndrome championed by citizen journalists on social media, there was need for the radio to respect the journalistic norms of objectivity, balance and fairness.
The Moderator also used the opportunity to announce that feasibility studies are ongoing for the setting up of a television station for the church.
During the inauguration, the sum of FCFA 2 million was raised to support the radio to purchase furniture for its offices.
Christian Broadcasting Service Bamenda has as pioneer station Manager, Mme Rose Obah who is also the President of the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalist North West Chapter and has seasoned journalists like Wanchia Cynthia was is coming in with a wealth of experience from Radio Hot Cocoa in Bamenda where she served as programs officer.
It is worth noting that CBS Bamenda which is under the Bamenda Bureau of the PCC Communication Department is a sister radio to CBS Buea that is under the Buea Bureau.
The Bamenda Bureau, whose rudimentary stage goes back to 1983 and 1984, started effectively in 1985. The Office is officially known as the Communication Department North West Region. Before the radio came it had a Recording Studio and produced programmes for broadcast over five Radio Stations in Bamenda.
Source:The Median Newspaper