Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 396 on 23 September 2022

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Ghana’s GIBA wins case to prevent regulator introducing conditional access for license revenue collection by stealth

23 September 2022

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) went to court over what it argued was the regulator’s (NCA) ‘backdoor’ introduction of conditional access as a standard on future DTT boxes. Russell Southwood talked to Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, President, GIBA about why they went to Court and what winning the case means. The nub of the argument GIBA had with the regulator NCA was its opposition to using conditional access as a mechanism for collecting revenues to finance the public broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC): “The NCA wanted to put in a conditional access system to replace the revenue provided by the TV…