Plans advanced for TV migration

Mr Ato Forson(middle),Deputy Communications Minister interacting with Mr Richard Kwame Asante(left)Board Chairman,GBC. With them is Maj.Rtd Don Chebe,Director General,GBC.Photo.Ebo GormanThe Deputy Minister of  communication, Mr. Ato Sarpong, has said plans are far advanced for the migration from analogue to digital television signals, to improve quality and sound.

He said this at the launch of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s 80th anniversary celebration at the corporation’s Studio One on Wednesday.

The theme for the anniversary which would be climaxed in July, is; “Eighty years of dependable broadcasting; Evolving into the digital”.

The minister said his ministry and the government had put in place all the adequate and necessary measures to ensure a smooth transition from June 17, which is the deadline in the resolution states.

He said though much had not been heard about the initiative promotions the desired education to sensitise the Ghanaian public would soon commence in earnest.

He said analogue television sets which would be affected would be supported with set top boxes to receive the digital signals.

Ato Sarpong commended management and staff of the GBC for taking the giant step in the introduction of five digital channels, GTV Sports+, GBC24, GTV Life, GTV Govern and Obonu TV aside its mother station GTV.

He charged GBC to position itself properly to match up the competition from other media houses in the country and beyond.

The Board Chairman of the GBC, Richard Kwame Asante, said the essence of the 80th and 50th anniversaries of both radio and television respectively was to celebrate past commitments to chart a new course of dependable, trustworthy, youthful and vibrant broadcasting that would equal international standards.

He said GBC, as a service broadcaster, had made significant contributions in educating and entertaining Ghanaians.

The board chairman said as pacesetters in broadcasting, the corporation would continue to provide high ethical standards for other networks to emulate.

Mr.Asante admitted that the corporation had been through numerous challenges in the past, but this notwithstanding, with hard work and determination, it had survived to launch 80 years of total existence.

The Director General of the GBC, Major (rtd) Don Chebe, said 2015 would be an unforgettable year, since the migration to digital would take effect in the year, in addition to their anniversary celebration.

He said, the corporation had lined up befitting programmes to climax the anniversary and would introduce innovations that would keep GBC in the eyes of the public and urged stakeholders and staff to collaborate effectively forwards the success of the organisation.

Representatives from Metro Television and Multi Media attested to the support they had enjoyed from GBC, leading to their establishment and wished the corporation well

The logo for the 80 years anniversary celebrations was also launched.

GBC was founded to provide radio and television broadcasting services for the people of Ghana. Its radio, which was a BBC relay station, was established in 1935 by the colonial administrators, which the independent African country took ownership later.

The Ghana Television was also inaugurated on July, 13, 1965 as an expansion to the nation’s sound broadcasting services, to supplement Ghana’s educational programmes.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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