“It is not in my place to determine the number of channels or stations GBC operates, that’s not my business, it’s a decision for GBC, it’s board and management to take”
This was in response to a question posed by host of Tv3 KeyPoints, Abena Tabi on whether it was within the domain of the Hon. Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu to actually write a letter directing the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to reduce its channels from six (6) to three (3)
Earlier this week, the Communications Minister, directed the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to reduce its six channels to three in order to offer redundancy on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network.
This resulted in mixed reactions from the public especially the Minority in Parliament and other Civil Society Organizations like the Media Foundation for West Africa. The GBC workers union also embarked on a protest against the decision.
Speaking on the same show, Sam George, a member of the Communications Committee of Parliament, said the Communication Minister has no authority to issue such directive to the GBC.
The Director General of GBC, Professor Amin Alhassan, on the instructions of the board of governors, had written to NMC to intervene hence the matter is currently before the National Media Commission.