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Ghana’s Government Says It Has Not Approved Sale Of GBC Channels To Private Buyers

Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah recently stated that the country’s government had not advised the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to sell any of its channels to private investors.

In an interview on Radio Ghana, the Minister revealed that the government had not given any instruction for GBC to sell any channel.

An alleged sale of one of the GBC’s digital channels set off tensions among some employees of the state broadcaster a few weeks ago. GBC announced recently that it would merge two of its channels – GBC 24 and GBC Govern – to create the new GBC News channel. It explained that the merger was done for the sake of “efficiency”.

But sources within the Corporation have revealed that the state broadcaster has struck a deal with KBL, a private company.

The 400,000-dollar deal will see the private company open up a new station, Adwinpa, on the GBC Govern channel.

But in reaction to the issue in parliament, the Information Minister said that the government had requested an update on those plans in order for them to decide the way forward.

He told Ghanaians to rest assured that the government of Ghana would ensure that the public trust remains protected at all times.

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