President of the Confederation of Africa Football [CAF], Patrice Motsepe has asked a question that will or has raised eye brows among media houses and its employees, sports journalists in Ghana.
At the Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Accra on Wednesday where the South African business mogul was the main speaker, he questioned the profitability and sustainability of media houses and as to whether its employees [Sports journalists] are well paid.
“I hope they [media] are all sustainable, they are profitable, they pay you [sports journalists] well and they pay the staff well?
“Because I come from the business world and we do business in forty countries in Africa, we do business worldwide.
“In the businesses world, we succeed because we pay the employees very well.
“If you don’t pay them well, you will fail the company so you need to look after them.” Patrice Motsepe said.
Scores of sports journalists are underpaid in Ghana with some media houses offering monthly allowance as low as $20 dollars.
Other media houses do not offer any monthly stipends to sports journalists at all even after a long service in the name of those “staff” are under internship.
Gross salaries among employed Ghanaian sports journalists range between a woeful $20 dollars to a little above $250 dollars monthly, hence the lack of objectivity in the industry.
Some sports journalist are forced to kowtow or yield to monetary overtures from “big men” in the political, sports and the business industry to promulgate their obnoxious or correct agenda.