GBC can collect TV licence fees, can’t share funds – Court

The Fast Track High Court in Accra has given the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation the all-clear to go ahead with the collection of TV Licence Fees.

The Court however barred the state broadcaster from sharing the fees with the National Media Commission or the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association.

According to Graphic Online’s correspondent, Mabel Aku Baneseh, the decisions are to hold in the interim pending the final determination of the case filed by Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority, who argues that the proposed sharing of the fees with other institutions was illegal.

Dr Wereko-Brobby on July 30, 2015, dragged the GBC to court over claims that although the GBC had legislative backing under Section 10(c) of NLCD 226 to collect television licence fees from owners of television sets, it was not mandated by law to share the money with its stakeholders.

Details of the sharing formula for the TV Licence Fees to be collected are 72% to GBC, four per cent to the National Media Commission (NMC), four per cent to the Media Development Fund, 15% to the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), two per cent to the Film Fund and a further three per cent to the GBC for its management of the TV Licence Fees.



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