The Director of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Prof. Amin Alhassan has stated that a decision by the Ministry of Communications the number of channels on their platform to “three (3) will collapse the public service broadcaster.
He explained that the “request will also impose serious budgetary and human resource challenges” on the operations of GBC.
Prof. Amin comments comes as a reply to an earlier “directive” from Minister for Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, , instructing the state broadcaster to reduce the current six channels run by the station to three.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in a letter dated 26 June 2020, to the state broadcaster with the subject “INTENTION TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CHANNELS GBC IS OPERATING ON THE NATIONAL DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION PLATFORM” indicated that the reduction in the channels will “ensure that there is redundancy on the National DTT platform which is currently at full capacity”.
“You will, therefore, be required to consolidate your programming in line with this directive. Kindly note that upon the planned future expansion of capacity on the network, which has been delayed due to the current pandemic and the uncertainties generated in global supply chains, you will be allocated additional channels,” the letter read further.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful then gave the state broadcaster “within 60 days of receipt of this letter” to “take steps to implement this directive”.
But Prof Alhassan explained that the six channels of GBC “are dedicated 24-hour channels each with specific focus reflecting the mandate of GBC as a state broadcaster, a public service broadcaster and a commercial broadcaster”.
In view of this, GBC is “unable to respond to the request”, Alhassan emphatically stated.
The TV channels GBC currently operates are GTV, GBC News, GTV Sports+, GBC Obonu, GTV Life and Ghana Learning TV.
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea