Rapper Edem has described the TV License Fees instituted by state broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC) as “a rip-off”.
The rapper is of the view that it is a shame for the citizens of Ghana to fund GBC.
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In a tweet [4/1/18], the rapper asked the broadcasting cooperation to “close down” if it feels it can’t “face the growing competition on the television or in the media industry”.
The TV License Fees established by the Television Licensing Act – 1966 (NLCD 89) were re-introduced in 2015 to charge fees from individuals and groups that own television sets.
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The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation which has been mandated to see to the collection and management of the fees will take 72% of the revenue.
The Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA) will get 15%, the National Media Commission (NMC) and the Media Development Fund 4% each of the revenue, where as the Management of TV License Fee (GBC) will take 3% and the Films Fund, 2% of the revenue.
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The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has established 11 special TV License Courts across the country; one in each of the ten regional capitals, with the 11th in Tema; to try defaulters of the license fees. The courts, which will sit on Thursdays, will be presided over by 11 designated circuit court judges.
By: Farida Yusif / GhKings.Com / Ghana