The TV license fee has greeted with public outbursts since the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo set up a special court to deal with defaulters.
A section of Ghanaians have vowed not to pay the TV license fee even if they will serve jail terms.
Read details of the benefits of paying the fee:
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.
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
Users – GH¢3.00 Monthly/Per Set
GH¢36.00 Per Annum/Per Set
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.???
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)..
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
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.
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 email@example.com, 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
Source: Ghana Official TV Licensing Website