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Wed
17
Jan
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GBC boss fired

The Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Dr Akuffo Annoff-Ntow, has been asked to proceed on leave with immediate effect.

Various media sources quoted the GBC Board Chairman, Rev Prof. Emmanuel Addo-Obeng, as saying Dr. Anoff-Ntow is being asked to proceed on leave because of his poor handling of the television licence fee issue.

Prof. Addo-Obeng said the decision was taken on Monday and said the regulator – National Media Commission (NMC) – had been officially notified about the decision.

He said “the duration for the leave will depend on consultation with the NMC.”

The Board Chairman said on Radio Ghana operated by GBC, “We are going to immediately engage NMC to discuss a whole lot of issues affecting GBC and the future of the state broadcaster,”

Rev Prof. Addo-Obeng further explained that one board member and two directors of GBC are supposed to steer the affairs of the corporation until the issues are ironed out.

Thu
04
Jan
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Film makers get 2% of TV Licence Fees

Ghanaian film makers are catered for in the TV Licence Law whose implementation has started in earnest.

According to the law, 2% of the revenue accrued from the collection of the fees will go into a ‘Films Fund’ to help develop the film industry.

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) takes 72%, Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA) – 15%, National Media Commission (NMC) – 4%, Media Development Fund, 4% and the Management of TV Licence Fee (GBC) gets 3% of the revenue.

The TV Licence Fees established by the Television Licensing Act – 1966 (NLCD 89) were re-introduced in 2015 to charge fees from individuals and groups that own television sets.

The law states that “except as otherwise prescribed, a person shall not install or use a television receiving set unless there is in existence in relation to that set a valid television receiving set licence granted by the licensing authority under this Act.”

Tue
02
Jan
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Special TV Licence Courts to operate from January 4, 2018

Special TV Licence Courts to start sitting every Thursday with effect from 4th January, 2018, has been approved by the Chief Justice.

They will adjudicate TV licence cases in all the regions, sitting from 8:30am to 4:00pm, a letter addressed to the Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) by the Judiciary Secretary, Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong has said.

The letter dated December 11, was in response to an earlier one by the GBC to the CJ in November requesting for the designation of special courts to adjudicate TV licence cases.

The letter reads in part:
“We write to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 6th November, 2017 in respect of the above-mentioned subject.

“This is to inform you that the Honourable Lady Chief Justice has granted your request for the establishment of Special TV Licence Courts as indicated in the attached document.

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