Information reaching GhanaNewsPage.Com is that the Head of News of Accra-based Atinka TV and FM has passed on.
Francis Sasu, also known as FS was said to have passed on today after he fell sick for some few days.
A source at the station which is a member of the Tobinco Group disclosed to GhanaNewsPage.Com that FS had been complaining of Malaria and has not been to work since Monday.
According to the source, FS went to hospital in the morning but returned home and died in his sleep.
Mr. Sasu, whose journalism career spanned over four decades, died at his residence at Amasaman on Wednesday afternoon hours after visiting the hospital for a checkup.
A family delegation led by the late Sasu ’s junior brother, Edmund Sasu, on Wednesday evening officially informed management and staff of Atinka Media Village about the demise of their beloved son.
Edmund Sasu, confirmed that his brother died a few hours after visiting the Ga North Municipal Hospital at Amasaman for checkup and that his body had been deposited at the Ridge Hospital Morgue for an autopsy.
Managing Director of Atinka Media Village, Albert Dwumfour, on behalf of management and staff, extended the company’s condolences to the family, adding that the day had been a sad one for Atinka Media Village as well as the inky fraternity.
“Everybody here is sad and heartbroken because of this bad news,” he said.
He extolled the late Mr. Sasu’s hard work and his commitment towards work and that despite his age and wealth of experience, he had respect for all.
Mr. Dwumfour, however, said even though Mr. Sasu’s demise was a huge loss to the family and the inky fraternity, “we should be consoled by the fact that Mr. Sasu impacted many lives on earth particularly, young journalists”
“Though we are mourning, we take consolation from the word of God that it is appointed unto men to die once, and after death judgment and in John 11:25 which says Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying,”Mr Dwumfuor quoted from scriptures.
He asked the Lord to keep his soul and also protect and preserve the widow and the family in these “trying moments”.
Mr. Dwumfour, who is also the Organising Secretary for the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) gave the assurance that the company will do everything possible to assist the family to give the late news editor a befitting funeral.
The late Sasu, popularly known as FS, an abbreviation of his name Francis Sasu, has enviable career records spanning forty years – where his contribution in standardizing and shaping journalism and media works in the country stood tall till his demise.
He started his youthful career with the National Lotteries From 1973-1981, and after eight productive years of work, he leapfrogged to the Nation’s heartbeat, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).
The late Francis Sasu was 67.
• From 1973-1981, Mr. Francis Sasu worked with the National Lotteries.
• He then moved from the National Lotteries and joined the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) as a reporter in 1981.
• In 2011, Mr. Francis Sasu retired from GBC as the head of news.
• Mr. Sasu as retired Broadcaster from Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) joined ZTV from 2014 to 2016 as the Head of News.
• In 2016, He joined Atinka Media Village, (AMV) operators of Atinka TV, Atinka FM, Atinkaonline, Agyenkwa FM in Kumasi and and Ahoto FM in Takoradi, as the Head of news.
May his soul rest in peace.
Source: GhanaNewsPage.Com with additional information from Atinka FM