GBC petitions NMC over govt plans to reduce its channels

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The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has appealed to the National Media Commission (NMC) to step in as the government attempts to reduce its channels from six to three.

The management noted that the directive means that GBC will have to reduce its operations by half.

The letter to the NMC further noted that a reduction in channels could lead to “serious budgetary and human resource challenges… and indeed can collapse the Public Service Broadcaster.”

The state broadcaster further argued that, given the diverse nature of its various stations, it is “unable to respond to the request of the Hon. Minister of Communication.”

A communiqué from the Communications Ministry to GBC, directed the state broadcaster to reduce the number of channels it occupies on the National Digital Terrestrial Television platform from six to three.

The letter which bears the name and signature of the sector Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says the move is aimed at cutting cost and ensuring there is space on the platform.

The six stations under GBC are GTV, GBC News, GTV Sports+, Obonu TV, GTV Life and Ghana Learning TV.

Source: Laudbusiness.com/Ghana

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