Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

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Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)
TypeTerrestrial television and
radio broadcast network
IndustryMass Media
PredecessorGold Coast Broadcasting System-31 July 1935; 85 years ago (1935-07-31)
Founded1 January 1953; 68 years ago (1953-01-01)
HeadquartersAccra, Ghana,
Area served
Ghana, 16 regions
Key people
Professor Amin Alhassan[1]
(Director General) l
ProductsBroadcasting, radio, web portals
ServicesTelevision, radio, online
OwnerGovernment of Ghana
ParentGovernment of Ghana

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) was established by law[2] in 1968 with a triple mandate as a State Broadcaster, Public Service Broadcaster, and a Commercial Broadcaster in Ghana.[3] Headquartered in the capital city, Accra, it is funded by grants,[4] broadcasting television commercials and the levying of a television licence, costing 36 cedis and 60 cedis for one or more TV sets in the same house every year. TV set repairers and sales outlets are to pay an annual sum of between 60 cedis to 240 cedis.[5]


The broadcasting service was originally known as Station ZOY, introduced on 31 July 1935 by the colonial Governor, Sir Arnold Hodson,[6] before it was renamed to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation upon the country's independence in 1957. Throughout its history, it has been independent of the government's Information Services Department.[7]


Broadcasting began in Ghana on July 31, 1935, from a wired relay station opened in Accra. The brain behind the introduction of broadcasting into the country was the then Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Arnold Hodson, affectionately known as the "Sunshine Governor".

He was ably assisted by a British radio engineer, Mr. F.A.W. Byron. By 17:00GMT on that historic day, gramophone records of martial and light music were relayed and at exactly 17:45GMT the voice of Sir Arnold Hodson came through to break the tension and the suspense with this explicit message:

“One of the main reasons for introducing the Relay Service is to bring News, Entertainment and Music into the homes of all and sundry. This will bring to an end the barriers of isolation and ignorance in the path of progress and also to enable the people of Gold Coast to improve on their very rich cultural music".[8]


The new broadcasting Service was code-named Radio "ZOY". It was manned by eight technicians and housed in a small bungalow on 9th Road near the Ridge Police Station in Accra. Broadcasting first began in four Ghanaian languages, namely Fanti, Twi, Ga, Ewe, and later Hausa. Part-time staff were engaged to translate and announce the news in these languages until 1943 when full-time staff were appointed. Between 1946 and 1953, the organisation was administered by the Public Relation Department, now the Information Services Department.


On the recommendation of a commission set up in 1953, the Gold Coast Broadcasting Service (GCBS) was established and from there it became a department in its own right. On attainment of independence in 1957, the Gold Coast was renamed Ghana and the GCBS became Ghana Broadcasting System (GBS). The legislation that basically set up GBC as an establishment was National Liberation Council Degree number 226 (NLCD266) of 1968.

Television and radio stations[edit]

GBC operates the famous Ghana Television GTV (a channel for events that matter most to Ghanaians), which is broadcast nationwide on analogue terrestrial platform. Additionally, GBC runs four digital networks namely: GTV Sports+ (24-hour sports channel that provides premium sports programmes), GBC News (24-hour news and current affairs channel), GTV Life (Religious and cultural channel), Obonu TV (a channel for the people of Greater Accra and window for the Ga-Dangbe). It has branches or affiliate stations across the regional capitals and partnered with other private and Public Service Broadcasters across the globe.[9]

Training school[edit]

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, which is also an agency overseen by the Ministry of Information, runs a training school that provides tuition in radio and TV broadcasting and engineering.[10] It has over the years trained both locally and internationally renowned broadcasters. The training school has two faculties: Broadcast Journalism and Broadcast Technology. The Corporation also promotes training and educational programs and is central to fulfilling the GBC's mission to inform, educate and entertain.[11][12]


Year Event
1935 Radio ZOY Established (BH-1)
1939-40 British Government built BH-2 (now known as Old House)[13]
1943 Local Languages broadcast introduced
1946 Information Service Department handled Administration of GBC
1953 Gold Coast Broadcasting System Established as a Department
1955 Establishment of Engineering Training School
1956 Audience Research Department set up
1956 GBC News unit set up
1958 Broadcasting House (BH-3) built
1960 Mr.W.F.Coleman appointed first Ghanaian D-G
1961 External Service
1962 GBC Reference Library established
1965 GTV inaugurated
1965 Rural Broadcasting introduced
1966 Television Licensing Decree, N.L.C.D 89
1967 Commercial Broadcasting introduced
1971 Public Relations Department set up
1975 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Decree, N.R.C.D 334
1985 Colour Television Introduced
1985 URA Radio established
1986 Accra FM Radio established
1987 Apam fm station commissioned
1989 Installation of satellite TV dish to receive CNN
1991 Television Licensing Regulations, LI 1520
1994 Dormaa Ahenkro Community station commissioned
1994 Twin-city radio commissioned
1995 Radio GAR now Uniiq Fm goes stereo
1995 Radio Savanna commissioned
1996 Radio Central commissioned
1996 Radio Volta Star commissioned
1997 Installation of satellite TV dish to receive Deutshe welle
1997 Installation of satellite TV dish to receive Worldnet
1998 Installation of satellite TV dish to receive CFI
2001 Radio BAR commissioned
2001 Radio Upper West commissioned
2002 Radio GAR re-commissioned to Uniiq FM
2002 Radio Obonu FM commissioned
2002 Radio Sunrise FM commissioned
2010 Pilot Digital Terrestrial Transmission DTT(MPEG2, DVB-T)started
2010 DDT Committee Inaugurated
2010 Upgrading and Expansion of DTT (MPEG2, DVB-T)to Greater Accra, parts of Central, Eastern and Ashanti Regions
2010 GBC marks Diamond Jubilee
2010 GTV Sports (All Sports Digital Channel) established
2011 GBC24 (24 hour News Digital Channel) established
2011 Obonu Fm marks 10th Anniversary
2011 GBC Life (All Life Digital Channel) established
2014 GTV Govern Digital Channel Established
2014 Obonu TV Digital Channel Established
2014 GBC Digital Set Top Boxes Launched
2015 GBC celebrates 80th Anniversary
2015 TV Licence Fee revised from 30p to 36 Ghana Cedis a year

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NMC appoints Director General for GBC, MD for Times Corp". Joy Online. 1 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Ghana profile - Media". BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 August 2017.
  4. ^ "The National Budget". Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
  5. ^ "GBC to re-introduce payment of TV Licence fee". Graphic Online. 5 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Sir Arnold Hodson, Introduction of broadcasting in Ghana". GBC Ghana Online. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
  7. ^ Wells, Alan (1997), World Broadcasting: A Comparative View, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 162. ISBN 978-1-56750-246-6.
  8. ^ Ghartey-Tagoe, David Kwesi (28 Jul 2010). David Ghartey-Tagoe: A Broadcast Icon. Xlibris Corporation, 2010. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-4535-4206-4.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Ministry of Information - Six Agencies We Oversee"
  11. ^ "U.S. Partners with Ghana to Launch Learning Radio Program to Improve Reading for Ghanaian Children". U.S. Embassy in Ghana. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "GES to start radio learning program June 15". Graphic Online. 9 June 2020.
  13. ^ "NATIONAL DIGITAL BROADCASTING MIGRATION TECHNICAL COMMITTEE" (PDF). National Communications Authority: 21. August 2010.

Primary source[edit]

"About the GBC". Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Victoria Ellen, ed. (2018). Voices of Ghana: literary contributions to the Ghana Broadcasting System 1955-57 (Second ed.). Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey. p. 276. ISBN 9781847011930.

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