GBC to reinstate TV licence fee

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AUGUSTIN Yamson, the acting Director-General of state-run Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) says the broadcaster will reintroduce the TV Licence fee in order for the organisation to focus more on Public Service Broadcasting and also improve content.

Yamson announced this during the visit of the executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to the management of GBC.

GBC officially reintroduced the collection of the TV Licence fees in 2015 after years of putting it on hold due to non-payments. Domestic TV users have to pay between $6.60 (GHc36) and $10 (GH¢60) for one or more TV sets in the same house, annually. However, TV set repairers and sales outlets are to pay annual fee of between $10 (GH¢60) to $44 (GH¢240).

For commercial TV operators, they are to pay $6.6 (GHc36) per annum for each TV set.

In 2017, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo  set up a special TV Licence Court to hear cases of people who refuse to pay the mandatory TV licences.

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