Free-To-Air TV

Ghana’s Broadcasters Reportedly Stand Against Implementation Of DTT Policy To Save Free-to-Air TV

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly taken a stand against the Ministry of Communication’s policy to block free-to-air (FTA) TV content in the country.

According to the association, if approved, the policy would wipe out FTA public service broadcasting along with the public’s right to freely receive free television programming. GIBA added that Ghanaian households who rely on FTA TV exclusively would lose out if the new policy were to be implemented.

A statement released by GIBA said that it had engaged the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Communications (MoC), the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication the National Communications Authority (NCA), and other stakeholders over the years, and had received no response or attention to the concerns that it had raised.

GIBA also reiterated that it had not been part of the meeting of the MoC to finalise the DTT policy document, as stated by the minister.

The association said that the planned launch of the ministry’s “Free TV Ghana” and its conditional access encryption system would mean that all the millions of NCA certified TVs in individual homes, public places and offices which had been receiving digital TV programming across Ghana would no longer receive free-to-air TV programme contents.

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