DTT: Broadcasters must raise funds to maintain platform – Ursula

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The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekufful, has said that broadcasters on the Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) platform would have to find ways of raising money to maintain the platform.

Her remark comes ahead of a meeting to discuss the maintenance of the platform scheduled to begin next week.

The Minister had earlier made an attempt to compel the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and Crystal to forfeit some of the channels on the platform to “create some redundancy” in case of any eventuality.

She had wanted GBC to reduce their channels from six to three and Crystal was also to forfeit one of their three channels.

But the move what stopped by a directive from the President following the intervention of the National Media Commission (NMC).

In an interview monitored by ABC News, the Minister stated that the directives to GBC and Crystal TV are withdrawn for now, but as it stands now, the players would have to find ways of raising money to maintain the platform.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the President’s directive for her to suspend the directive to GBC and Crystal was conditional, explaining that it was “pending consultation” which is what would be done at the meeting with the stakeholders next week.

“The DTT platform has to be self-sustaining and we were looking at mechanisms that will enable us to raise some revenue without burdening the existing broadcasters – so when we meet we will discuss the options to finance the operations and maintenance of the platform,” she said.

She said all stakeholders will agree on how to finance the platform going forward and they will all be bound by the decisions that are taken at the meeting.

The Communications Committee in Parliament were also opposed to the Minister directive to GBC and Crystal, but the Minister rubbished their position.

She said “I work up to my appointing authority not the Communications Committee in Parliament. They exercise oversight, they don’t dictate to me how I do my work – neither do I need their prior approval before I implement any policy.”

 

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