Franklin Cudjoe
Franklin Cudjoe

Think Tank IMANI Ghana is demanding an immediate cancellation of moves to start collecting TV licence fees from TV owners in the country.

Franklin Cudjoe
Franklin Cudjoe
IMANI believes the introduction of the TV licence will discourage media investors. A statement from IMANI also questions why the State Broadcasting Cooperation can not generate funds through it’s commercial activities.

The Tink Tank notes that, “the corporation?s law, which was enacted in 1968 specifically, expects Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC) to raise revenue from commercial activities”

A statement published on IMANI’s website and copied to newsghana.com.gh reads :

The TV Licence law will stifle the growth of the broadcasting industry, the competitiveness of media players and the quality of media content. For potential investors, the sensible and obvious thing to do will be to abandon Ghana?s broadcasting industry and move on to other opportunities that they believe to be fairer. The result, the loss of thousands of jobs of presenters, producers, advertising executives, etc. from the JOY, PEACE, STARR franchises and many more less dominant players.

Unlike the venerable British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC), which is barred from raising revenue from commercials, and has to rely solely on licence fee revenues to run its operations, the GBC is not barred from making money from commercial activities. Indeed, the corporation?s law, which was enacted in 1968 specifically, expects Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC) to raise revenue from commercial activities. Whilst this may be understandable when GBC was the only broadcaster in Ghana in 1968, it is absolutely untenable in this 21st century where Ghana has more than 400 radio stations, over 30 free to air TV stations and a host of subscription services.

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Source : newsghana.com.gh

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