The Governing Board of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has been asked to appoint an interim Director General from within the management of the corporation, according to a directive by the National Media Commission (NMC).

A statement signed by the Chairman of the NMC, Nana Gyan-Apenteng said: ” the  NMC recognizes the board’s authority to determine matters of leave relating to the Director-General”

The arrangement is to enable the board conduct investigations into the setting up of TV Licence Courts.

However, the Commission has directed the board to determine the matters before it and to report to the Commission within one month in order to inform NMC’s decisions relating to all the issues at stake.


Below Is The Full Statement



DEVELOPMENTS AT GHANA BROADCASTING CORPORATION

The National Media Commission (NMC) has noted developments at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and has been in communication with all the parties in the current dispute. It is the understanding of the Commission that the Director-General was directed by the GBC board to proceed on leave. The reason given by the board was to enable it to investigate matters relating to the setting up of courts to prosecute TV licence defaulters.

The NMC recognizes the board’s authority to determine matters of leave relating to the Director-General. However, the Commission has directed the board to determine the matters before it and to report to the Commission within one month in order to inform NMC’s decisions relating to all the issues at stake.

In the interim, the NMC has also asked the GBC board to appoint an acting Director-General from within the management of the corporation in place of the current arrangement of an Interim Management Committee (IMC).

The Commission assures all parties and the public that the NMC remains committed to insulating the state-owned media from governmental control. At the same time, the commission shall at all times ensure that proper corporate governance principles pertain in all the state-owned media.



NANA KWASI GYAN-APENTENG
CHAIRMAN