A flashback into the past gives an opportunity to assess how far the journey of life has been. The year 2022, as eventful as it has been cannot pass without a throwback to some of the amazing things that happened at the State Broadcaster, GBC. This masterpiece walks you through some events that the GBC was actively involved in.
At the beginning of the year, the Chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr. Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, proposed an intensive public education on TV License collection, stressing that the education should be a national responsibility and not that of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC. That same month, at a durbar with the staff of GBC in Accra, the Public Services Workers Union, gave the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, a two-week ultimatum to open negotiations for conditions of service of GBC staff.
WORLD CUP BROADCASTING RIGHTS AND FAN PARK ZONE
One institution that remained relentless in mobilizing support for the Black Stars of Ghana in the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar was the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC. Aside securing the broadcasting rights, which saw Ghanaians follow keenly, activities in Qatar, GBC again rallied support for the Black Stars through its innovation, “The Fan Park.” Located off Ring Road Central, the road leading to the headquarters of the Corporation was beautifully adorned with banners of all its television channels and regional FM stations.
At the forecourt of its outer reception was a well-thought-through arranged live band music stand of the Ghana Immigration Service, which provided some soothing music to calm nerves when it mattered most. In the same space was a stand for club beer. The icing on the cake was the giant screen where live matches were enjoyed, at no cost to patrons. It was a sight to behold and the Corporation has been commended for its innovation.
DG OF GBC, PROF. AMIN ALHASSAN, APPOINTED BOARD OF AUB.
The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Professor Amin Alhassan, was appointed to the decision-making body of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB). Professor Amin Alhassan mentioned the cost of Sports Rights as one of the issues he would be championing. He will serve on the board for the next two years. The appointment to the Executive Council at AUB’s 26th annual meeting comes at a time when GBC is advocating the use of Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) band for the survival of broadcasting.
AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT
Still with GBC, in the Auditor General’s report relating to the audited financial statements for the five-year period ending 31st December 2018, the Corporation was saddled with the payment of overdue long service award for staff emanating from unsustainable provisions in GBC’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Delays in paying the owed LSA cost the Corporation a judgement debt of GH¢184,136.11 as well as a 6.6% increase in deficit.
Meanwhile, the A-G’s report generated some fake news on GBC’S actual figures cited. In a news report published online on August 31, with the headline, “A-G’s 2021 report cites GBC for GH¢2.9 million ‘payroll irregularities’ of GH¢8.2 million total”. GBC categorically stated that this piece of information was false and that the A-G rather recommended that a total unearned salary of GH¢88,094.08 (eighty-eight thousand, 94cedis and 8pesewas) to fifteen (15) separated staff be recovered from the beneficiaries or refunded by the authorizing officers and the validator.”
GBC News’ multiple award-winning Broadcast Journalist, Beatrice Senadju was adjudged the JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 2022 FOR DISABILITY REPORTING IN GHANA. She received the award at the end of a two-day media workshop dubbed Media Capacity Building Initiative for Reporting on Disability (MCBIRD) at Takoradi in the Western Region on Friday, December 2, 2022.
GBC WINS BIG AT GJA AWARDS
At the 26th GJA Awards, three (3) Journalists from GBC came up for honors for their hard work while an Obonu FM programme and the state broadcaster also received plaudits for upholding professionalism all these years.
On May 8, GBC Ladies Association organized an event on its premises to say ‘thank you to mothers’ on mothers’- day. The Ladies were reminded to prioritize the welfare of their children by performing their roles as mothers.
In July, four employees of GBC were honored at the Merck Foundation Media and Fashion recognition awards in Accra with stories on breaking the stigma and discrimination against infertility as well as Covid-19.