Appointed in early 2013, the new Director General of Guinea's state broadcaster Radio-Télévision Guinéenne (RTG) has decided to embark upon a thorough restructuring of the broadcaster to make it a guiding force for democracy in the country and a witness to its modernisation.
An initial audit was conducted in March 2013 to support the DG of RTG and his team in the drafting of a strategic three-year plan.
The programme drawn up includes a significant investment component, an ambitious content production plan and a wide-ranging training policy to develop the skills RTG needs to progress.
The management team, the technical department, television journalists, editors, cameramen and presenters at Radio-Télévision Guinéenne (RTG).
The various audits performed within RTG reveal significant requirements in terms of production and broadcasting equipment to be able to meet international standards and offer quality content.
There are a number of tasks to be undertaken, from the preparation of an inventory to the purchase and installation of the necessary equipment. The technical staff receive training in using the new equipment, with a follow-up a few months later to see how the team are getting to grips with the equipment and any problems they encounter.
The television journalists identified receive training on writing reports.
The training covers the fundamentals of journalism, ethical principles and basic techniques of producing reports. Many practical aspects are also addressed to adjust the balance between comments and images in favour of the latter.
Editors and cameramen also participate in a workshop to produce short reports to be broadcast in the pilot programme.
The various stages of creation of a report are supervised by experts.
A pilot programme, socially relevant and likely to trigger discussion, is to be produced, incorporating the reports previously made.
Initial training focuses on the design and development of the programme, while subsequent training concerns the programme launch and evaluation.
The synergy between the various job roles and teamwork are emphasised in particular.
From 23 February to 3 March 2015, a team of experts from CFI worked at the Guinean public broadcaster Radio-Télévision Guinéenne (RTG) in Conakry, where they assisted in the production of the first magazine show in Guinea focusing specifically on health matters.
The expert, a journalist specialising in health issues, is in charge of training a team of TV journalists to help them produce a benchmark health magazine. Due to the specific health issues affecting Guinea at this time, the magazine focuses primarily on the problem of Ebola to start with.