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Check Out The Introduction Of TV Broadcasting In The Then Gold Coast

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) was established by law in 1968 with a triple mandate as a State Broadcaster, Public Service Broadcaster, and a billboard Broadcaster in Ghana. it had been funded by broadcasting television commercials and therefore the levying of a television licence but Ghanaians have boycotted the payment of TV licence.

The new broadcasting Service was code-named Radio "ZOY". It had been introduced on 31st July 1935 by the colonial Governor, Sir Arnold Hodson, a.k.a. "Sunshine Governor" before it had been renamed to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation upon the country's independence in 1957. Throughout its history, it's been independent of the government's Information Services Department.

It had been manned by eight technicians and housed during a small bungalow on 9th Road near the Ridge police headquarters in Accra. Broadcasting first begun in four Ghanaian languages, namely Fanti, Twi, Ga, Ewe, and later Hausa.

Part-time staff were engaged to translate and announce the news in these languages until 1943 when full-time staff were appointed. Between 1946 and 1953, the organisation was administered by the general public Relation Department, now the knowledge Services Department.

After the privatization of the airwaves, the government gave approval to the allocation of frequencies to non-public television stations. Two private channels went on the air in 1997, with the primary being Metro TV and followed by TV3.

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Arnold Hodson GBC Ghana Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Information Services Department


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