NMC appoints c’ttee of experts to find ways to transform GBC

The National Media Commission (NMC) has appointed a committee of experts to examine ways to transform the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) into a more efficient public service broadcaster.

The eight-member committee is to consult a wide range of stakeholders including past and present GBC board, management, staff, union and other identifiable groups in order to make recommendations to the Commission.

A statement issued by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, George Sarpong and copied to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday said the committee is chaired by Mr Yaw Asamaoh, an investment banker.

It said members are  Mrs Wilna Quarmyne, Media Development Expert; Dr Gilbert Tietaah, Academic and media researcher; Ms  Rita Sraha, Management Consultant; Mr  Daniel Owusu Nyanmpong, lawyer; Mr  Kofi Yeboah Kodie , Communications Engineer; Mr Berifi Apenteng , Media Expert and Lawyer,  with  Ms Cecilia Eduful, a former Manager of NMC’s Media Monitoring Centre as Secretary.

According to the statement , the  committee’s specific terms of reference include examining the state broadcaster’s  Public Service Broadcasting functions within the context of  pluralistic media in Ghana; Socio-cultural, political and economic considerations and government, professional, public interest and private sector competitive demands.

It is also to scrutinise the current state of the corporation  with respect to mandate and governance, funding and revenues, product portfolios and values, institutional culture and operational challenges, current and future technological needs within the framework of evolving communications technology and make suggestions  for the enhancement of its operations.

The committee, the statement said, was expected to recommend a vision for a transformed GBC that responds to considerations of Ghana’s national interest and development aspirations.

“[It is to] define a future for GBC by considering issues of scope and scale; balance of costs and benefits; media and journalism professional development; pluralism and the public interest; social inclusion and cultural identity; democratic governance and national development”, it said.

The statement called on all stakeholders to assist the committee for the progress of the corporation.

BY TIMES REPORTER

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