Journalist Abdoulie Sey has been appointed as the new director general of the state-owned Gambia Radio and Television service, replacing Malick Jeng, whose contract expires in March.
Mr. Sey, who, until his elevation as new DG, was the director of news and current affairs, has been working with GRTS since 2007.
His appointments follow the rescindment of Mr. Abubakr Darboe, who was initially appointed to succeed Mr. Jeng.
According to GRTS, he rose from Assistant producer, producer, senior Producer, Principal Producer, Managing Editor, Editor-in-chief, and Director of News and Current Affairs.
Mr. Sey is a Chevening scholar with an MA in International Multimedia Journalism from the University of Kent in the UK. While in the UK, he won a BBC fellowship, allowing him to go through the BBC Academy and work with BBC News, HardTalk, and Focus on Africa, amongst others. In addition, Abdoulie Sey went to Gambia High School and the University of The Gambia.
Mr. Sey underwent various journalism and human rights training levels in the UK, USA, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe.
He was once the Communications Analyst at the office of the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in The Gambia.
Abdoulie is the main anchor of the popular GRTS one-on-one interview program, The Checkpoint. He is also the host of The World Today, a newly introduced program that focuses on current international affairs.
Colleagues described Mr. Sey as a man of few words, pragmatic, tactful, and willing to embrace change.