Ghanaian government expresses concern about operations of GBC
September 25th, 2009 - 9:40 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Ghana’s Ministry of Information yesterday expressed concern about the increasing spate of blunders that have characterised the coverage of major national events by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). A statement issued in Accra and signed by Deputy Minister James Agyenim-Boateng expressed the government’s displeasure, especially with the station’s failure to telecast live, President John Evans Atta Mills’ address to the UN General Assembly after extensively promoting it.

“The Ministry is of the view that the national broadcaster, which is funded by the Ghanaian taxpayer, and has received major equipment retooling at considerable cost to the taxpayer, should not be showing disregard to its viewers. Over the last couple of months, GBC has failed to telecast live programmes it had assured the viewing public it will show. Mention can be made of the disappointment caused when GTV failed to telecast the Ghana-Japan friendly in Holland and the Ghana-Zambia friendly in London,” the statement said.

According to the Deputy Minister, the frequency of these blunders, especially Thursday’s failure to broadcast President Mills’ UN address left much to be desired. “We have taken note of the fact that the live telecast of the UN General Assembly was not a decision taken at the last minute, but an event for which the Station has been planning for. Again, despite weeks of planning, GTV disappointed many Ghanaians and the international audience with poor picture and sound quality during US President Barack Obama’s visit,” it said.

The Deputy Minister noted that it was also the Ministry’s hope that the National Media Commission (NMC) was following developments at GBC. The statement said the Ministry had invited the Management of GBC to a meeting today (25 September), adding that it would be yet another opportunity to demand answers for the Corporation’s increasing failures.