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Questions and Answers on TV Licence Fee

Q1:     WHY SHOULD EVERY TV SET OWNER OR USER PAY TV LICENCE FEE?

A1:     TV licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended, directs that a “a person shall not install or use a Television receiving set unless there is an existence in relation to that set a valid television receiving set licence by the licensing authority under this Act.” Section 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 sets unless that person holds a valid dealers’ licence, granted by the licensing authority in relation to the respective business.” Section 2.1

Q2:     WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS TYPES OF TELEVISIONS LICENCE?

A2:     There are three (3) types:

  • A Domestic Licence for households or individual users of one or users of two sets or more, authorizing the use of the licensed set(s) at the user’s registered residential premises only.
  • 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, offices and shops.
  • A Dealers’ Licence, for businesses selling or hiring, TV receiving equipment, and for repairers of television receiving sets.

Q3:     WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TV LICENCE FEE TO GBC?

A3:     The Television Licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended, mandates GBC to collect the licence fee.

Under the Television Licensing Decree 1966 and the Amendment thereof in 1991, GBC is empowered to issue television licenses and apply license fee prescribed by law. GBC is also responsible for enforcing license holding and pursuing licence fee evaders to ensure licence fee collection is effective. This requires that GBC;

  • Collect fee, issues licenses and maintains records.
  • Decides how the license fee collection system is to be organized.
  • Remunerates agents for license fee collection work, enforces the licensing system, including identification and prosecution of license evaders.
  • Administers a scheme whereby dealers submit returns on sale and rental of television receiving equipment.
  • Administers a scheme whereby Manufacturers and Assemblers submit monthly returns on the number of television receiving equipment manufactured or assembled.
  • Administers a scheme where owners/users of television sets provide information to the licensing Authority.

 

Q4:     I DO NOT RECEIVE GTV IN MY AREA SO WHY SHOULD I PAY TV LICENCE FEE?

A4:     1.         The Television Licence fee is for installing and using a Television
receiving set and not for content or programmes.

  • Some benefits and reasons for paying the TV Licence Fee are stated below;
    • Fund Public Service Broadcasting
    • Maintain, rehabilitate and replacement of transmitting equipment (Television & Radio)
    • Provide Studio Class Rooms for BECE and WAECE students across the nation, to enable students in deprived schools to also access quality education
    • Rehabilitate Studios and Offices
    • Reduce Government support to GBC
    • Promote and maintain the culture and languages of Ghana
    • Preserve historical films and programmes depicting the history and the heritage of Ghanaians
    • Establishment of Community Radio and Television Stations in the Districts of Ghana
    • Market and advertise Ghana to the world
    • Improve general broadcasting in Ghana etc.

 

Q5:     WHEN IS A TELEVISION LICENCE PAYABLE, AND FOR HOW LONG IS A LICENCE VALID?

A5:     A television licence is payable annually. The TV licence is an annual licence which covers the period 1st January – 31st December of each year.

 

Q6:     WHAT ARE THE ANNUAL/MONTHLY LICENCE FEE?

A6:     Domestic Licence Users (Annual)

One TV Set                           –          GH¢36.00 per household,

Two Sets or More                –          GH¢60.00 per household

Commercial Licence

Users                                      –          GH¢3.00 Monthly/Per Set

GH¢36.00 Per Annum/Per Set

Dealers’ Licence 

Repairers                               –          GH¢5.00 Monthly/Per Outlet

GH¢60.00 Per Annum/Per Outlet

Retailers/Sales Outlets      –          GH¢20.00 Monthly/Per Outlet

                                                            GH¢240.00 Per Annum/Per Outlet

Q7:     WHERE SHOULD I PAY TV LICENCE FEE?

A7:     At designated pay points and Banks; or to an approved authorized agent or agency of GBC. Details of payment options and pay points have been published separately.???

  • The following Pay Points are now operational:
  • GBC Head Office – Kanda
  • All GBC Regional Offices/Radio Stations
  • GBC Mobile Branded Collection Teams
  • Ghana Post Offices (366 in number)
  • All Banks on e-Transact
  • Other Banks not on e-Transact
  • Mobile Money Transfer
  • Other Payment Options
  • Electronic Card – ( Visa & Master Cards)

Q8:     WHAT DO I NEED WHEN RENEWING MY LICENCE?

A8:     On renewal, you need to submit details of ownership of your TV set(s). You will also have to complete the Form 10 as provided for in the Regulations. This form is also provided for the electronic registration on the GBC website (tvlicence.com.gh). Find copy as attachment A.

Q9:     WHY THE SHARP INCREASE IN THE TELEVISION LICENCE FEE?

A9:     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 since 2013. Compared with other African countries the new fee is still the lowest in the world.

The equivalent fee per annum in the United Kingdom and collected by the BBC, the Public Broadcaster is £145.50.

Q10:   ARE THERE EXEMPTIONS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED, RETIRES OR UNEMPLOYED?

A10:   The law does not prescribe any exemptions.

Q11:   WHAT ARE THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF CONTRAVENING THE TV LICENCE LEGISLATION?

A11:   You would be violating a law if you refuse to pay the fee and would be liable for prosecution.

            Section 1(a) of Television Licensing (Amendment) Law, 1991 states as follows: “Any person who contravenes any provision of this law or regulation shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.”

Q12:   IS A TELEVISION LICENCE TRANSFERRABLE FROM ONE LICENCE HOLDER TO ANOTHER?

A12:   No, it is not

Q13:   MY SISTER BOUGHT THE TV SET, WHY SHOULD I PAY?

A13:   The law states that, “a 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.

Q14:   WHAT MAY A TV LICENCE INSPECTOR REQUIRE OF ME WHEN VISITING MY PREMISES?

A14:   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 or a GBC certified Property Inspector may enter into and inspect any premises to ensure that the provisions of this Act and its Regulations are complied with. Users are strictly advised by GBC to always inspect the ID and other branded Materials from GBC before allowing such persons into their residences and outlets. If Users are in doubt they should contact the TV Licence Team at the HEAD OFFICE on our Direct Line 0302 770421, MOBILE NUMBER 0561100800, 0561100900.

 

Q15:   DO I NEED A TV LICENCE IF MY SET IS USED ONLY TO VIEW VIDEO? WHAT MUST I DO IF I DON’T WANT TO PAY A TV LICENCE?

A15:   The TV licence is not for content or programmes, it is for installing or owning a TV Set.

Q16:   WHY SHOULD I PAY TV LICENCE FEE IF MY TV IS FAULTY?

A16:   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 but must inform the Director General of the GBC within 7 days. This will be verified by a certified Property Inspector and your database updated accordingly. If this is not done you will billed as per your records in our system.

Q17:   MY TV IS ANALOGUE; MUST I PAY TV LICENCE FEE?

A17:   The law mandates all TV set owners whether their TVs are analogue or digital to pay TV licence fee once the TV is installed or is used.

Q18:   ARE CINEMA OPERATORS SUPPOSED TO PAY TV LICENCE FEE?

A18:   They are required to pay the requisite TV licence fee if they operate Television Receiving sets in the Cinema.

Q19:   WHEN IS A TV LICENCE NO LONGER REQUIRED? WHAT MUST ONE DO TO CANCEL A LICENCE?

A19:   When one has sold or otherwise disposed of or decommissioned one’s television set(s) a TV licence is no longer required.
The user must inform the Director General of the GBC within 30 days. This will be verified by a certified Property Inspector and your database updated accordingly and the annual billing will be stopped.

Q20:   ON WHAT BASIS DO TV DEALERS PAY LICENCE FEE?

A20:   Section 2(1) of the Television Licensing Act 1966 (NLCD 89) as amended clearly states that, “a person shall not carry on the business of selling, hiring or otherwise disposing Television receiving set or of repairing television sets unless that person holds a valid dealers’ licence, granted by the licensing authority in relation to the respective business.”

Q21:   WHY SHOULD I PAY TV LICENCE FEE WHEN I ONLY REPAIR TV SETS?

A21:   Repairers are required to hold a valid Dealers’ Licence according to the Act.

Q22:   ARE MEDIA HOUSES EXEMPTED FROM THE PAYMENT OF TV LICENCE FEE?

A22:   The Act does not prescribe any exemptions.

Q23:   WHY SHOULD I PAY TV LICENCE FEE WHEN I WATCH DSTV?

A23:   The TV Licence fee is not for programmes or content one watches but for the installation and use of a Television receiving set.

Q24:   I HAVE 20 TVs, HOW MUCH WILL I PAY?

A24:   Domestic Users of Television receiving sets are required to pay Thirty Six Ghana Cedis (GH¢36.00) for a household per annum and Sixty Ghana Cedis (GH¢60.00) for two (2) or more Television sets. To qualify for this, your TV sets should not be used for commercial purposes.

Q25:   IS THE PRESIDENT OF GHANA REQUIRED TO PAY TV LICENCE FEE?

A25:   The Act does not provide any exemptions – once one installs or uses a TV Set, one is required to pay the TV Licence Fee.

Q26:   WHAT WILL YOU USE THE TV LICENCE FEE COLLECTED FOR?

A26:   To support Public Service Broadcasting by GBC. This will help to provide services that you would be proud of as a Ghanaian. It will also enable GBC to produce and/or acquire more exciting programmes for all tastes.

Q27:   WHAT ARE LICENCE HOLDER’S OBLIGATIONS WHEN MOVING TO A NEW ADDRESS?

A27:   GBC must be informed in writing within seven (7) days of a change of address or the user must login to the GBC database through the website (tvlicence.com.gh) to update his/her records accordingly.

Q28:   WHY SHOULD I PAY TV LICENCE FEE WHEN I DON’T HAVE ELECTRICITY IN MY AREA?

A28:   According to the Act, the TV licences is for installing and/or using a TV set in Ghana.

Q29:   HOW ARE ADDRESS CHANGES AND OTHER TV LICENCE INFORMATION CONVEYED TO GBC?

A:29:  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 or email to info@tvlicence.com.gh, contact the TV Licence Team at the HEAD OFFICE on our Direct Line 0302 770421, MOBILE NUMBER 0561100800/0561100900.

 

Q30:   WHY CAN’T THE GOVERNMENT PAY THE TV LICENCE FOR US?

A30:   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 other interests.

Q31:   WILL YOU PAY TAXES ON THE TV LICENCE FEE COLLECTED?

A31:   No, the licence is a Tax

Q32:   CAN I BE AN AGENT FOR TV LICENCE COLLECTION?

A32:   Yes. However, the modalities are being worked out and when finalized would be advertised for interested companies with operational and financial capacity to apply.

Q33:   HOW WILL GBC KNOW THAT I, HAVE INSTALLED OR, USE A TV SET IN ORDER TO COLLECT THE FEE?

A33:   Any person who acquires or owns a Television receiving set shall within 30 days of such acquisition or ownership notify the Director General of GBC or his representative as provided in form No. 10 of the Schedule of the acquisition or ownership.

Q34:   WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED TV LICENCE FEE?

Country

Price

€ per annum

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Flag_of_Albania.svg/21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania

800 L

€5.81

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/41/Flag_of_Austria.svg/23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Austria

TV – €223.32 to €279.72. Radio – €65.52 to €82.32.

€335.14

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/92/Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg/23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium

Wallonia: €149.67 for TV and €26.73 for radio. Flanders: abolished.

€172.39

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bf/Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.svg/23px-Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.svg.png Bosnia and Herzegovina

€46.00

€46.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1b/Flag_of_Croatia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia

Up to €137

€137.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cb/Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic

1620 Kč

€65.94

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Flag_of_Denmark.svg/20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark

2414 kr

€323

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France

€136.00

€136.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/ba/Flag_of_Germany.svg/23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany

TV & radio – €215.74

€215.76

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5c/Flag_of_Greece.svg/23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Greece

€51.60 (Paid on electrical bills)

€51.60

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Flag_of_Ireland.svg/23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland

€160.00

€160.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/03/Flag_of_Italy.svg/23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy

€113.50

€113.50

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Flag_of_Macedonia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Macedonia.svg.png Republic of Macedonia

MKD 2280

€37

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Flag_of_Montenegro.svg/23px-Flag_of_Montenegro.svg.png Montenegro

€3.50 per month

€42.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/Flag_of_Norway.svg/21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Norway

2,680.56 NOK

€358.05

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/12/Flag_of_Poland.svg/23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Poland

TV (inc. radio) - 199.80 Radio - 59.40 zł

€52.57

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5c/Flag_of_Portugal.svg/23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal

Multi Media Tax paid via electricity bill

€ +- 33

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/73/Flag_of_Romania.svg/23px-Flag_of_Romania.svg.png Romania

48 Romanian lei

€11.27

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e6/Flag_of_Slovakia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia

€42

€42.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f0/Flag_of_Slovenia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Slovenia.svg.png Slovenia

€132

TV - €153.00, Radio - €45.24

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

2076 kr

€232.47

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f3/Flag_of_Switzerland.svg/16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png  Switzerland

CHF 462.40

€385.00

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/Flag_of_Turkey.svg/23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey

2% of electricity bill and indirect charge on appliance at purchase

€0

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ae/Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom

£145.50 colour / £49.00 monochrome

€170.28

Q35:   DOES BBC UNDERTAKE COMMERCIAL BROADCASTING IN ADDITION TO ITS PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING MANDATE?

A35:   The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom.

Its work is funded principally by an annual television license fee which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts.

The principal means of funding the BBC is through the television licence, costing £145.50 per year per household since April 2010 that is in today’s Cedis about GH808.98 (£1:GH¢5.56). Such a licence is required to receive broadcast television across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The claim that BBC relies solely on TV licence fee and does not undertake commercial operations is not founded. BBC World, BBC lifestyle, BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and several other BBC Radio stations have sponsored programs and paid adverts. South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) also combines TV licence fee with advertising. Indeed a mixture of funding sources is the norm throughout the world.

Q36:   HOW MUCH DOES BBC COLLECT IN TV LICENCE AND OTHER INCOMES TO SUPPORT ITS ACTIVITIES?

A36:   According to the BBC's 2013/14 Annual Report, its total income was £5 billion (£5,066.0 million), which can be broken down as follows:

  • £3,726.1 million in Licence fee collected from householders (73.55%);
  • £1,023.2 million from the BBC's Commercial Businesses (20.20%);
  • £244.6 million from government grants, of which £238.5 million is from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the BBC World Service; (4.83%)
  • £72.1 million from other income, such as rental collections and royalties from overseas broadcasts of programming (1.42%).

 

ATTACHMENT - A. (SAMPLE OF FORM 10)

 

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Contact Information

  • Location:

    Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
    Ring Road Central, Kanda

  • Telephone:

    0302 770421/0561100800/ 0561100900

  • Email:

    info@tvlicence.com.gh

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