Citi FM’s Bernard Avle Is Journalist Of The Year 2017

Bernard Koku Avle, a Broadcast Journalist with a passion for telling the African story has been adjudged as the Ghana Journalist of the Year 2017.

Bernard Avle hosts one of the popular radio shows in Ghana, “The Citi Breakfast Show,” on Accra based Citi FM.

He is also the Director of News Programming at Citi FM.

The 37-year old was presented with the 2017 PAV Journalist of the Year award at a ceremony organised by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at Kempinski Hotel in Accra on Saturday night.

He takes over from Peace FM’s Kwami Sefa Kayi who won the award for the Year 2016.

This year’s awards event was on the theme: “State of Investigative journalism: Boundaries of privacy and borders of the public interest.”

As a talk show host, Bernard Avle is one of the faces of a new kind of broadcaster who combines a strong grasp of social, economic and political issues, with a lively and fun presenting style.

His background in Economics from the University of Ghana and an MBA from the Warwick University provides a context that strengthens his grasp of the business and economic issues, while his role as Director of News Programming at Citi FM, provides an important reference point as a manager and team leader, directly overseeing the work of over 30 broadcast and online journalists.

Bernard is an ALIWA Fellow, an Edward R Murrow Fellow of Journalism and a Chevening Scholar.

His ALIWA project, iJourno Africa involves unearthing and training African journalists in using data journalism tools to effectively tell African stories.

2017 GJA Award Winners

  • Journalist of the Year 2017 – Bernard Koku Avle (Citi FM)
  • Most Promising Journalist of the Year – Alice Aryitey (GhOne TV)

Award winners and their media houses

Graphic (15 awards)

  • News Reporting (Print) – Severious Kale-Dery and Seth J. Bokpe (Daily Graphic)
  • Domestic Tourism (Print) – Charles Andoh (The Mirror)
  • Features (Print) – Rebecca Quaicoe-Duho (Daily Graphic)
  • Agriculture (Print) – Ama Amankwaah Baafi (Graphic Business)
  • Best Health Report (Print) – Doreen Hammond (Daily Graphic)
  • Oil and Gas – Moses Dotse Aklorbortu (Graphic Online)
  • Business Finance and Economic Reporting – Suleiman Mustapha (Graphic Business)
  • Mining (Print) – Gabriel Ahiabor (Daily Graphic)
  • Best Development Journalism – Timothy Ngnenbe (Daily Graphic)
  • Best Transport and Road Safety – Severious Kale-Dery and Seth J. Bokpe (Daily Graphic)
  • Environment (Print) – Seth J. Bokpe (Daily Graphic)
  • Disability (Print) – Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah (Daily Graphic)
  • Anti-Galamsey – Timothy Ngnenbe (Daily Graphic)
  • Best Newspaper – Daily Graphic
  • Best Layout & Designed Newspaper – Daily Graphic

Multimedia (7 awards)

  • Features (Radio) – Seth Kwame Boateng (Joy FM)
  • Human Rights (Child Protection – TV) – Ernest Manu (Joy Mews)
  • Best Photojournalist – David Andoh (Myjoyonline)
  • Best Report in Health (TV) – Seth Kwame Boateng (Joy News)
  • Agriculture (Electronic) – Joseph Opoku Gakpo (Joy News)
  • Best Rural (Electronic) – Joojo Cobinnah (Joy News)
  • Anti Galamsey – Latif Iddrisu

Despite Group (6 awards)

  • Sports Journalist (Radio) – Dan Kwaku Yeboah (Peace FM)
  • Best Radio Station – Peace FM
  • Best TV station – UTV
  • Best Health Report (Radio) – Nana Yaa Konadu (Peace FM)
  • Domestic Tourism (TV) – UTV
  • Democracy and Peace Building – UTV

GNA (4 awards)

  • Best Crime and Court Reporting- Joyce Danso (GNA)
  • Best Digital Journalism – GNA
  • Small and Medium Enterprises – Christian Akorli (GNA)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene – Caesar Abagali (GNA)

TV3 (4 awards)

  • Investigative Reporting – Stanley Nii Blewu (TV3)
  • News Reporting (Electronic) – Peter Quao Adator (TV3)
  • Education – Peter Quao Adator (TV3)
  • Environment (Electronic) – Portia Gabor (TV3)

GBC (3 awards)

  • Features (TV) – Peggy Ama Donkor (GTV)
  • Human Rights (Child Protection- Radio) – Rebecca Ekpe (GBC Radio)
  • Anti Galamsey – Joyce Gyekye

Daily Guide (3 awards)

  • Best HIV AIDS Reporter – Linda Tenya Ayettey (Daily Guide)
  • Best Female Journalist – Jamila Akweley Okertchiri (Daily Guide)
  • Best Cartoonist – Akosua (Daily Guide)

EIB (3 awards)

  • Most Promising Journalist of the Year – Alice Aryitey (GhOne TV)
  • Best in Disability Reporting (Electronic) – Alice Aryitey (GhOne TV)
  • Best Development Journalism (Electronic) – Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman (GhOne)

Omni Media – Citinewsroom (3 awards)

  • Journalist of the Year 2017 – Bernard Koku Avle (Citi FM)
  • Best Morning Show (Radio) – Citi FM Breakfast Show
  • Anti Galamsey – Kojo Agyemang

Atinka (2 awards)

  • Best Sports Reporter (TV) – Saddick Adams (Atinka TV)
  • Best Programme (TV – Akan) – Di Asa (Atinka TV)


  • Maritime – Grace Nana Esi Boateng (Oman FM)
  • Human Rights (Print) – Samuel Adadi Akapule (Ghanaian Times)
  • Best Morning Show (TV) – Good Morning Ghana (Metro TV)
  • Best Rural Reporting (Print) – David Kodjo-Asinesi
  • Mining (Electronic) – Kwasi Anum
  • Best WASH [Water, Sanitation and Hygience] – Justice Adoboe (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Anti-Galamsey – Kojo Agyemang, Latif Iddrisu, Godwin Arthur, Stephen Kwaku Fosu, Timothy Ngnenbe, Joyce Gyekye
  • Jamila Akweley Okertchiri of the Daily Guide newspaper was adjudged the Best Female Journalist for 2017.

Media houses

Apart from the journalists, some media houses were also awarded for showing excellence in their service delivery.

They are the GCGL, Metro TV, GTV, Citi FM, Hello FM, Obonu, GNA, Moonlight FM and Kekeli Radio.

The rest are Zaa FM, Radio Wa and the West End Radio.

Best Rural Radio Station

  • Ashanti- Hello FM
  • Greater Accra – Obonu
  • Brong Ahafo – Moonlight Radio
  • Eastern – Agoo FM
  • Western – West End Radio
  • Central – Radio Central
  • Upper West – Radio Wa
  • Northern – Zaa FM
  • Volta – Kekeli
  • Upper East –

Honorary awards

The GJA also conferred honorary awards on some personalities who have contributed immensely to the growth of the media industry.

They are Mrs Barbara Gaisie, A.C. Ohene, Madam Faustina Nelson, Dr Osei Kwame Despite, Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong, Dr Samuel Amo Tobbin, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, Mr Kwasi Twum and Commissioner of Police (COP), Dr George A. Dampare.


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