The president of the republic of Ghana has stepped in the impasse between the communication ministry and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation GBC in regards to a directive for the public broadcaster to drop 3 of its channels.
In a statement released by the office of the president and signed by Eugene Arhin, the director of communications at the presidency, the Minister for communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu has been asked to suspend the directive.
This, the letter stated is to pave way for further stakeholder consultation on the matter.
The full statement read: “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020, directed the Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP, to suspend the implementation of the directives given to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), in connection with the reduction of GBC’s channels on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform, pending further consultation with stakeholders.”
The public broadcaster, resisted attempts by the Ministry of communications to drop three of its six channels on the Digital terrestrial television DTT, writing the National Media commission to step in as heeding to the directive would severely hamper their operations and viability.