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TV licences apply to those consuming content from Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) on mobile devices as well as TV sets, the state network’s director general has confirmed.

Ghana TV licenceA special TV Licence Court has recently been established in Ghana for those who fail to pay their TV licence fee, following the reintroduction of the licence in 2015. It had been suspended for five years prior to this due to non-payment.

Although Dr Akuffo Annor-Ntow concedes the public service broadcaster will concentrate initially on collecting dues for those watching its content on TV sets, the licence extends to those consuming its content on any device.

Defaulting TV owners or operators are expected to be prosecuted under Section 1(a) of the TV Licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89). Those found guilty could face a fine or jail sentence not exceeding one year.

The licence fee for domestic TV users is between GH¢36 and GH¢60 for one or more TV sets in a household. TV set repairers and sales outlets are required to pay an annual sum of between GH¢60 to GH¢240.

“The fact that you are consuming it on a mobile application doesn’t mean the content is not being paid for or is not being generated by somebody. Once it is being generated, it has to be paid for,” Annor-Ntow told Citi News.