The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has petitioned the National Media Commission (NMC) over the Ministry of Communication directive to reduce the channels of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform.
The Foundation questioned the legitimacy and propriety, as well as the logic and prudence, of the directive saying it undermines relevant constitutional and regulatory provisions on institutional governance and operational independence of the state broadcaster and media pluralism generally.
The Petition signed by the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, said GBC’s resources have been committed into the building of the DTT platform where out of the 42 sites that currently host the DTT platform, 38 of them are GBC sites saying if these GBC-owned sites were to be rented out commercially, the state broadcaster will be earning in excess of $7million a year.
The Petition furthur says GBC has always been at the service of the Presidency and Parliament and of all the pillars of state for carrying or covering State events and news therefore GBC is a major contributor rather than a liability on the platform.
The Foundation therefore urges the National Media Commission who has the oversight responsibility of GBC by the Constitution of Ghana to intervene and safeguard the six broadcast channels of the State Broadcaster.
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