THE GOVERNING Board of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has, after the Hue and Cry over the establishment of special courts to deal with defaulters of Television License Fee, has assured Ghanaians that no one would be jailed for non-payment of Television License Fee as was misconstrued by many.
Following the announcement of the special courts, there was massive outpour of anger against GBC, especially on social and new media.
As a listening entity, the Governing Board of the GBC at an emergency meeting yesterday instructed management of the corporation not to “pursue any activity, or set of processes, leading to the prosecution of any individual for non-payment of the Television Licence Fee.”
A statement signed by Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Adow Obeng (PhD), chairman, GBC Governing Board, said the “Board was apprised of the challenges that had come in the wake of the implementation of the Television Licence Fee.
“The Board also noted the outcry, anxieties and apprehensions expressed by the public with respect to possible prosecution for non-payment.
“The Board, following an evaluation of the situation, has instructed the Management of GBC not to pursue any activity, or set of processes, leading to the prosecution of any individual for non-payment of the Television Licence Fee.”
The statement further assured the public not to entertain any fear of any such possible prosecutions.
“With respect to the future of the GBC, the Board recommends that the National Media Commission drives the processes of engaging critical stakeholders, to resolve the status of GBC, and find a more enduring funding module that would enable it to discharge its constitutional mandate,” it added.
The DAILY HERITAGE commends GBC for clearing the path for a more fruitful relationship with its teeming listeners and viewers across the country and in the Diaspora.
It is our hope that the public would be more engaging and understanding in the forward match of GBC as it explores more funding modules to discharge its constitutional mandate.