The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) is demanding for the suspension of the roll out of the TV license court which is set to begin today, January 4, 2018.Government last week announced plans to implement the measure which is aimed at enforcing payment of TV license fee to boost the operations of the state broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. The Chief Justice Gloria Akuffo has set up 11 special TV License Courts across the regions to try defaulters of the license 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 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 license fees. In 1991, it was amended. The license fee has been categorized 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. Defaulter of TV license fees could therefore be prosecuted starting today, January 4, 2018. But the president of AFAG, Mr. Henry Asante called for more stakeholder consultation on the license fees before any disciplinary action could be taken by government. We’re calling for it to be halted, we think it’s unnecessary. Then the whole country will be jailed, GBC or the proponents of this very proposal should give us reasons, they should give us cause for which we should be paying monies to them he stressed.