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Ai: TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended, directs that “a person shall not install or use a television receiving set unless there is in existence in relation to that set a valid television receiving set licence granted by the licensing authority under this Act”. Section 1.1
The Act also directs that “a person shall not carry on the business of selling, hiring or otherwise disposing of television receiving sets or of repairing television receiving sets unless that person holds a valid dealers’ licence, granted by the licensing authority in relation to the respective business”. Section 2.1
A: There are three types:
- A Domestic Licence for households or individuals users of one or users of two sets or more, authorising the use of the licensed set(s) at the user's registered residential premises only;
- A Dealers’ Licence, for businesses selling or hiring TV receiving equipment; and for repairers of television receiving sets;
- A Commercial Licence, for entities using TV sets in their business/commercial activities or on premises occupied for business purposes including Hotels, Restaurants, Video Theatres and Video Rentals.
A: The Television Licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended, mandates GBC to collect the licence fee.
The Television Licence fee is for installing and using a Television receiving set and not for content or programmes.
A television licence is payable annually in advance. The TV licence is an annual licence and the licence period is indicated on the licence.
- A DOMESTIC LICENCE USERS (ANNUAL)
ONE TV SET …… GHC 36.00
TWO TV SETS OR MORE … GHC 60.00
COMMERCIAL LICENCE USERS…….. GHC 3.00(MONTHLY) PER SET
GHC 36.00 PER ANNUM PER SET
- A DEALERS LICENCE USERS (ANNUAL)
REPAIRERS GHC 5.00 (MONTHLY), GHC 60.00 PER ANNUM
RETAILERS, SALES OUTLETS …… GHC 240.00 … (MONTHLY GHC 20.00)
A At designated pay points and Banks; or to an authorized agent or agency of GBC. Details of payment options and pay points would be published soon.
A On renewal, you need to present a copy of your existing TV licence.
A There has been no increase since the introduction of the 30p per year in 1991. As a result, the fee of 30p per year has over the years depreciated heavily due to economic factors including inflation, currency depreciation and devaluation. If the fee were indexed to the economic trend annually, the increase would have been far more. At 30p per annum the cost of collection exceeded the returns, which compelled GBC to voluntarily suspend collection for some years. Compared with other African countries the new fee is still the lowest in the world.
A The law does not prescribe any exemptions.
A You would be violating a law if you refuse to pay the fee and would be liable for prosecution, which could land you in prison..
A The law states that, “no person shall sell or hire or otherwise dispose of a television receiving set to any person other than to the holder of a valid television receiving set licence granted in relation to that set‘’. This means you are still required to have a valid TV licence once you install or use it, whether bought by your sister or anyone else.
A NO – You must have your own licence.
A You may be required to produce your TV licence upon request; or any other information for ensuring that the provisions of the TV Licence Act and its Regulations are complied with. A police officer may enter into and inspect any premises to ensure that the provisions of this Act and its Regulation are complied with.
A The TV licence is not for content or programmes, it is for installing or usinga TV set.
A Faulty TV sets which have not been decommissioned require a licence. If decommissioned and discarded you don’t have to pay a TV licence fee.
A The law mandates all TV set owners whether their TVs are analogue or digital to pay TV Licence fees once the TV is installed or is used.
A They are required to pay the requisite TV licence fees if they operate TV sets in the cinema.
A When one has sold or otherwise disposed of or decommissioned one's television set(s) a TV licence is no longer required.
A Section 2(1) of the Television Licencing Act 1966(NLCD 89) as amended clearly states that “a person shall not carry on the business of selling, hiring or otherwise disposing of Television receiving sets or of repairing television receiving sets unless that person holds a valid dealers’ licence, granted by the licensing authority in relation to the respective business”.
ARepairers are required to hold a valid Dealers’ Licence according to the Act.
A The Act does not prescribe any exemptions.
A The TV licence fee is not for programmes or content one watches but for the installation and use of a Television receiving set.
A Domestic users of Television receiving sets are required to pay Thirty-Six Ghana Cedis (GH₵36.00) per annum and Sixty Ghana Cedis (GH₵60.00) per annum for two (2) or more Television sets.
A. The Act does not provide any exemptions – once one installs or uses a TV set, one is required to pay the TV licence fee.
A. GBC must be informed in writing within seven (7) days of a change of address.
A. According to the Act, the TV licence is for installing and/or using a TV set in Ghana. .
A. All notices to GBC must be in writing and addressed to: The Deputy Director in charge of Television Licence, GBC, P. O. Box 1633, Accra orby fax/e-mail to the numbers/addresses stated on the TV licence.
A. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Public Service broadcasting is for the public good and therefore must be funded by the public to make it effective, free from any governmental or state control, and any commercial interests.
A. No. The licence is a tax.
A. Yes. However, the modalities are being worked out and when finalized would be advertised for interested companies with operational and financial capacity to apply.