Ghanaians express divergent views on TV license fees

Accra, Some Television patrons in Accra on Thursday expressed divergent views on the payment of television (TV) licence fees.

While some did not understand the mode of collection, others wondered why they should pay to Ghana Television of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, when they were not watching any of their channels.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), some individuals called for more education on the fees for Television owners to understand the whole idea of the fees.

Mr Kwame Paul, a business man, said if the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) wants to receive TV license fees, then they should monitor the people who watch their channels and demand the fees from them instead of making it general.

Madam Philipa Asare, a banker, also told the GNA that ”I do not watch GTV but I always watch other TV channels and why should I pay for a service GTV is rendering.”

She said the channels she watched were not associated with GTV and wondered why she should pay the TV license fees. To them.

Miss Monica Djabah, a trader said it was unfair for her to pay for programmes she was not watching and urged authorities to come out with better explanations.

More education and explanation on the fees will help a lot of people to understand as the controversies were growing by the day.

Mr Peter Mensah, a Television Repairer, said he did not know why he should pay huge money for tv license, when he was not making that much in his work.

He said ”I only switch on the TV for my client to know whether the set is working or not and therefore do not understand why I should be paying that much.”.

The domestic TV users are to pay between GH36 and GH60 for one or more TV sets in a household, while TV set repairers and sales outlets are to pay an annual sum of between GH60 to GH240.

The commercial TV operators are to pay GH36 per annum for each TV set.

Source: Ghana News Agency


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