GBC to extend TV license fees to mobile users – Director-General

GBC to extend TV license fees to mobile users – Director-General

- Dr. Akuffo Annor-Ntow, the Director-General of GBC, has revealed that the TV license fees would soon extend to mobile users

- He explained that it would be targeted at users who consume television content via devices and applications

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The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Dr. Akuffo Annor-Ntow, has hinted of plans to extend the collection of television (TV) license fees to mobile users.

GBC to extend TV license fees to mobile users – Director-General

Dr. Akuffo Annor-Ntow, Director-General of GBC

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He revealed that users of mobile devices and applications that consume content form television would also be considered.

The institution of a TV license fee has generated a lot of discussions amongst a cross section of Ghanaians, especially when special TV license courts were recently established to try defaulters.

The Director – General stated that “ultimately, the laws will extend to those who consume that content on mobile applications.”

“The fact that you are consuming it on a mobile application doesn’t mean the content is not being paid for or it’s not being generated by somebody. Once it is being generated, it has to be paid for.”, he emphasized.

He went on to say that at the moment, the levy is directed at those who own and use TV sets.

With respect to the issue of the focus of the fees, he stated that the levy is charged as a result of content “consumed and not merely ownership.

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“You aren’t paying for the television set. You are paying for the content.

So the principle is that the public service broadcaster will be generating content and that content is useful and to the extent that it is mandatory to provide that service, the public funds it.

So it is not the television set that you are paying for. You are paying for the content”, he explained.

Per section Section 1(a) of the TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89), “any person who contravenes any provision of this law or regulation shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.”

GBC officially reintroduced the collection of the TV License fees in 2015 after years of putting it on hold due to non-payments.

Domestic TV users are to pay between GH¢36 and GH¢60 for one or more TV sets in a household while TV set repairers and sales outlets are to pay an annual sum of between GHc60 to GHc240.

Commercial TV operators are to pay GHc36 per annum for each TV set.

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