-National television station, GTV decided to broadcast the 2017 Miss Ghana pageant on Saturday night while the Atomic Junction gas explosion was still raging on
-A section of Ghanaians, displeased by GTV's decision took to social media to criticize them
- One of GTV's news anchors has responded with reasons why the station could not truncate the broadcast of the pageant
The gas explosion at Atomic Junction in Accra which has dominated headlines since it happened last Saturday evening.
Many are those who have taken to social media to criticize the institutions involved in regulating the activities of these gas and fuel stations for not doing their work properly.
Institution like the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Environmental Protection Agency and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) have all come under fire for failing deal with the problem of gas stations not conforming to the laid down safety precautions.
One institution you did not expect to be criticised over the gas explosion was Ghana's national television channel, GTV. However, the state broadcaster has come under intense crticisms from a section of Ghanaians.
The criticisms came as a results of the channel's decision to telecast a the 2017 Miss Ghana pageant on the same night of the explosion.
With private TV stations like Joy News, UTV and TV3 stopping regular programming to give live coverages on the explosion which has for far claimed seven lives and injured over 130, many of the critics were incensed by GTV's decision.
Some took to social media to express their disappointment:
Meanwhile a news anchor with GTV, Abdul Hayi Moomen has repsponded to the concerns saying, "truncating the Miss Ghana broadcast would have amounted to a breach of contract which could have cost millions of Ghana cedis in judgement debts payment."
In a Facebook post of his own, he explained that:
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