General News of Saturday, 30 December 2017
Prosecution of persons who fail to pay their mandatory television licence fees will begin from January 4, 2018.
The Chief Justice Gloria Akuffo has accordingly established 11 special TV Licence Courts across the regions to try defaulters of the licence fees reintroduced in 2015.
The courts, which will sit in the 10 regional capitals plus Tema on Thursday’s, will be presided over by 11 designated circuit court judges.
“The time for the Court sitting is 8:30 am to 4:00pm,” a statement signed and issued by the Judicial Secretary Justice Alex B. Poku-Acheampong stated.
The establishment of the special courts by the chief justice followed a request made by the Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow on November 6, 2017.
The Television Licensing Act – 1966 (NLCD 89) established the TV licence fees. In 1991, it was amended.
The law states: “Except as otherwise prescribed, 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”.
The licence fee has been categorised into three- first category is the domestic use, which is GH¢36 per TV and GH¢60 for two or more TV sets in the same house.
TV set repairers and outlets pay GH¢60, while TV dealers pay GH¢120.
Revenue will be shared in percentage terms among Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), 72%, Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA), 15%, National Media Commission (NMC), 4%, Media Development Fund, 4%, Films Fund, 2% and Management of TV Licence Fee (GBC), 3%.