TV LICENCE: IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD - IRBARD IBRAHIM
| Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 2:09pm
An independent Policy and Security Analyst Irbard Ibrahim says it is not too late for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to go back to the drawing board and fashion out a way of working with the populace to support the Corporation with the television licence fees. He says the collection of the fees might have hit a snag but that does not negate the fact that GBC still remains a very potent organisation for the country and has a vital role to play.
Mr. Ibrahim was speaking on GBC 24’s weekly review programme on Friday. He said “I wish we will be able to do this as a country…GBC still remains a potent broadcaster. Paying TV licence is a standard economic practice”. He, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to pay their TV licence fee in spite of the recent directive from the GBC board that asked the Corporation not to proceed to prosecute any defaulter.
The Chief Justice at the beginning of the year approved the setting up of a special court for television licence defaulters. This created an uproar from a section of the public who thought because of the present plural media, the tv licence payment is no more justifiable. Management of GBC, however, came in to clarify the situation that the first line of action being pursued is to convince people to know how vital it is to support the Public Broadcaster. This was subsequently followed by another release from the Board instructing that any action meant to process any defaulter for court should be stayed as other ways of raising funds are explored.
The Corporation has since stepped up education on the need to pay the licence fees to support its work with varied platforms being made available to the public to make payment easier. These include the *488# option launched earlier, that allows an individual to pay using his or her mobile phone. Households are required to pay three Ghana Cedis per set or five Cedis for two or more television sets for a month.
Story: Akosua Adjei