The Ghana TV License Fee has generated a lot of talks in the media space for some time now. A lot of citizens have registered their displeasure with the introduction of the TV licensing law which binds everyone who owns a TV set to pay a license fee on same.
TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended, directs that “a person shall not install or use a television receiving set unless there is in existence in relation to that set a valid television receiving set licence granted by the licensing authority under this Act”. Section 1.1
The Act also directs that “a person shall not carry on the business of selling, hiring or otherwise disposing of television receiving sets or of repairing television receiving sets unless that person holds a valid dealers’ licence, granted by the licensing authority in relation to the respective business”. Section 2.1
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But is that all there is to the law? Listening to various arguments, I believe that there are certain facts that have been distorted in the ears of the public. The aim of this piece is not to share an opinion on whether it is right or wrong but to state the facts as they are and to clear certain myths.
Truths and myths of the Ghana TV License Fee
- The Television Licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended, mandates GBC to collect the licence fee. This means that GBC is authorized to collect the license fee from citizens through their agents.
- Even though GBC is in charge of taking the TV License fee, you still have to pay the fee even if you don’t watch any GBC channel. The Television Licence fee is for installing and using a Television
receiving set and not for content or programmes. Some of the benefits include the Improve of general broadcasting in Ghana, providing studio class rooms for BECE and WAECE students across the nation, to enable students in deprived schools to also access quality education and many others.
- Ghana TV license fees are paid annually and covers the period 1st January – 31st December of each year.
- A domestic user pays an annual fee of GHC 36.00 for one set and GHC 60.00 for two or more sets.
- If you own a business that uses television sets (e.g. hotels, video centers and restaurants), you will pay the commercial user fee of GHC 3.00 (monthly) per set and GHC 36 per annum.
- Also, if you are a repairer, you will pay GHC 5.00/month (GHC 60.00 per annum)
- Retailers and Sales outlets will pay GHC 240.00 per annum.
- Payments should be made at designated pay points and Banks; or to authorized agents or agencies of GBC. The following Pay Points are now operational:
- GBC Head Office – Kanda
- All GBC Regional Offices/Radio Stations
- GBC Mobile Branded Collection Teams
- Ghana Post Offices (366 in number)
- All Banks on e-Transact
- Other Banks not on e-Transact
- Mobile Money Transfer
- Other Payment Options
- Electronic Card – ( Visa & Master Cards)
Deferring payment means going against the Ghana TV Licensing law. This can land you in prison.
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