GBC to reinstate TV licence fee

3 July 2019

Broadcast

Augustin Yamson, the acting Director-General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) says GBC will bring back the payment of the TV Licence fee in order for the organisation to focus more on Public Service Broadcasting and also improve content.

Mr Yamson announced this during the visit of the Executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to the management of GBC by showing appreciation during the launch of the Association’s 70 anniversary.

GBC officially reintroduced the collection of the TV Licence fees in 2015 after years of putting it on hold due to non-payments. Domestic TV users have to pay between $6.60 (GHc36) and $10 (GH¢60) for one or more TV sets in the same house, annually. However, TV set repairers and sales outlets are to pay annual fee of between $10 (GH¢60) to $44 (GH¢240).

For commercial TV operators, they are to pay $6.6 (GHc36) per annum for each TV set. To recall, in 2017, Sophia Akuffo, the Chief Justice, introduces a special TV Licence Courts to hear cases of people who refuse to pay the mandatory TV licences. The courts are all in ten locations across Ghana and are on every Thursday as of January 4th, 2018 until further notice.

Source: All Africa