Accra Fast Track High Court Gives GBC Go Ahead On Collection of TV Licence Fees

Accra Fast Track High Court Gives GBC Go Ahead On Collection of TV Licence Fees

Accra Fast Track High Court Gives GBC Go Ahead On Collection of TV Licence Fees
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The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation has gained yet another backing, this time around, from the table of judges as an Accra Fast Track High Court shredded an order for Interlocutory injunction as forwarded by Former Chief Executive of the VRA, Dr Charles Wireko Brobbey.

Dr. Wireko Brobbey is noted to have filed a writ of summons against  the state broadcaster with the intent of stopping GBC from its move to sharing and collecting TV license fees from subscribers nationwide.

The court, presided by Justice RR Bature ordered that the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation could still go ahead in the collection the fees till the courts decide on the substantive case of sharing licence fees with any other entity.

Dr Brobbey  sued the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and three others (the National Media Commission, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association and the Attorney General) in disagreement to  the re-introduction of the TV license fees.

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The plaintiff, Dr Brobbey, is seeking the face of the courts to place a perpetual injunction restraining the 1st defendant, GBC, from collecting the TV license fees from August 1, 2015.

He contends  the formula for sharing the fees  is unlawful and violates LI 226, NRCD 89 as well as NLCD 226. The plaintiff is however of the view that the passage of the LI did not appoint the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants as licensing authorities in addition to the 1st defendant as provided for by Section 13 of the NLCD 89.

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He further contends  the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants have not been nominated  by the Minister of Finance by any Legislative Instrument to be a licensing authority as provided for by the NLCD 89; particularly when the 3rd defendant has an association and/or its individual members are not statutory corporations.

The court order therefore means the collection of licence fees still holds as scheduled by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.



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Nii Ayi Ayitey Nii Ayi Ayitey, aka Charles Ayitey, is an experienced journalist who covered Current Affairs news for from 2015-2021. He also worked for such companies as Multimedia Group Limited, Scooper, and Face2Face Africa. Nii Ayi Ayitey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (2015). Currently, he's studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.