The Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has hinted that television signals will be truncated from next year if broadcasters fail to pay for the usage of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform. She revealed that none of the broadcasters on the DTT platform pay for using it, adding that this situation cannot continue. Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Monday, December 11, she stressed “None of the broadcasters on the DTT platform pay for using it as I speak and this situation cannot continue in our current economic state.”
She added “GIBA is not a broadcaster hosted on this platform. So I don’t know in which capacity they would be acting. They have constituent members who are broadcasters on the DTT platform but none of them have paid a pesewa to date for being hosted on the platform so it is not correct any member being hosted on the platform has paid for it.”
“Government says it cannot continue to pay for it so if they do not pay for it, unfortunately, we may find ourselves in a situation where we cannot receive TV broadcast signals because the platform will be shut down for non-payment of the operational expenses that it is incurring,” the Communication Minister stated.
By: Laud Nartey