September 25, 2020

GBC directed to reduce its 6 digital TV channels to 3 in 60 days

The Ministry of Communications has directed the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to reduce its six operating digital television channels to three.

In a letter addressed to the Director-General of the GBC dated June 26, 2020, the Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said the directive which is to be implemented within 60 days is to ensure that there is space on the National Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform which is currently at full capacity with 40 operating channels.

Currently, the state broadcaster operates six of those 40 channels, namely; GTV (Main), GTV Sports+ (a channel for sports), GBC 24 (a 24-hour news TV channel), GTV Life (religion and culture channel), Obonu TV (a channel for the people of Greater Accra) and Ghana Learning TV (a channel established for tutoring JHS and SHS students during the COVID-19 pandemic). 

However, the letter sighted by Graphic Online suggests that GTV is expected to merge these channels in line with the directive.

Return of channels

The letter also indicates that GTV’s channels will be returned when work on the planned expansion of Ghana’s DTT network is completed.

“Kindly note that upon the planned future expansion of capacity on the network, which has been delayed due to the current pandemic and the uncertainties generated in global supply chains, you will be allocated additional channels,” the letter says.

“Please take steps to implement this directive within sixty (60) days of receipt of this letter. We are counting on your cooperation in this regard”.

Multiple channels on Ghana’s DTT platform

Only two companies; GBC and Mega-Choice Digital Network, the parent company of Ghana’s first private television network (Crystal TV) operate multiple channels on the digital television platform.

Crystal TV operates three free-to-air terrestrial TV channels namely; Crystal TV Prime, Crystal TV Plus and Crystal TV Xtra.

More to follow…

Source: General News

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