- The GBC Director-General has reportedly been asked to proceed on leave
-The decision is said to be related to the TV licence saga
The Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Dr. Kwame Akuffo Annor-Ntow has been asked to proceed on leave by the governing board of the state broadcaster, YEN.com.gh gathered.
According to reports, Dr. Annor-Ntow was issued with the directive on Monday evening.
It is not yet known why the directive has been given but it is believed to be closely related to the unpopular decision to prosecute people who fail to pay their TV Licence fees.
Dr Annor-Ntow who is only a little over year into his tenure as GBC boss has courted public controversy with his insistence to enforce the TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89).
The Act asks Ghanaian households and individuals to pay license fees on their TV sets.
In the latest revision, 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.
But even before public debate over the payment of the licence fee which many believe is an archaic law should be enforced, Dr Annor-Ntow wrote to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, to set up a special TV License Court to handle cases of defaulters.
The decision has courted huge public outcry with the majority declaring they will not pay, which has lead the governing board to intervene, ordering the Corporation to halt its plans.
“Following an evaluation of the situation has instructed the management of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) not to pursue any activity or set of processes, leading to the prosecution of any individual for the non-payment of the Television license fee,” said the board when it made the order.
Government on the hand, had disclosed that it had no knowledge of the setting up of the court and the decision for Dr Annor-Ntow to step aside could well be a punishment for that.
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