Deputy Information minster, Pius Hadzide has said that the Ministry of Information is not privy to information about a purported sale of some of GBC’s channels to private organisations, ABC News can report.
His comments come on the back of a protest by some GBC workers Monday morning against the sale of some of the station’s digital channels. Speaking to Citi news after the demonstration however, the Deputy Minister said in no uncertain terms that the ministry was not aware of moves to sell some of GBC’s channels.
“Government has not, as far as I am aware, given any approval for the disposal of any asset at GBC. We are not aware of the alleged sale. When it comes to management and editorial discretion of the national broadcaster, the government has its limitations.”- he said
Some staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation staged a protest on Monday July 9 over a number of issues including the proposed sale of GTV Govern, GTV Sports Plus and Obonu TV by management. The staff, led by Sam Nat-Kevor and Nutor Bibini Nutor, Chairman and Secretary of the Local Union of GBC respectively presented a petition to the National Media Commission (NMC) on behalf of workers.
They petitioned the NMC to sack some members of management whom they felt were making an ardent move to sell off the station’s channels. They also questioned the procurement process involved in the alleged sale.
“Unfortunately, GBC management did not indicate or announce publicly or invite other well-meaning Ghanaians who might have been interested in reaching an agreement with GBC to the same effect to apply for tenders…the processes leading to the selection of the curvet channel on the platform were shrouded in secrecy.”