General News of Sunday, 9 June 2013

Source: citifmonline

GBC claim over election petition telecast untrue – Ampem Darko

A former Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), William Ampem Darko, has expressed doubts about the state broadcaster’s claim that it loses GHS 10,000 a day through the live telecast of the election petition case at the Supreme Court.

“I beg to differ because in the first place, I don’t believe GBC can have $56,000 for about 30 days of sitting,” he said.

This follows a statement from the Director General of GBC, Major (rtd.) Don Chabe that his outfit was likely to stop the live telecast of the election petition hearing following what he described as huge losses being incurred.

But in an interview with Citi News, Mr. Ampem Darko indicated that “the cost of producing the live telecast of the Supreme Court case is very minimal and GBC cannot make that amount of money within a day.”

He reiterated that “if this is done in any country where public service broadcasting is practiced in a proper way, a lot of people will lose their jobs.”

The former GBC boss cautioned the station not to stop the live telecast because they will be the major losers, adding that the programme was giving the station a lot of viewership in a day.