General News of Wed, 24 Jan 20184

NMC directs GBC Board to appoint interim DG as ‘sacked’ boss protests

The National Media Commission (NMC) has recommended the appointment of an acting Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), shortly after the 'dismissed' boss sought its intervention.

The Commission has explained the interim measure will allow the Board to thoroughly probe circumstances that led to the 'dismissal' of Dr Kwame Akuffo Annof-Ntow.

The GBC boss was asked to proceed on leave over his role in the setting up of the Special TV licence court to prosecute defaulters. The action has been interpreted as an outright dismissal.

He has however challenged the decision, claiming the GBC Board was duly informed about plans to reinstate the payment of TV licence fees.

Dr Annof-Ntow petitioned the NMC over the matter, stating he has done nothing wrong to stand down as GBC Director-General.

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But the media regulator in a statement Wednesday has directed the appointment of a new GBC boss as an interim measure to the ongoing battle at the state broadcaster.

"In the interim, the NMC has also asked the GBC Board to appoint an acting Director-General from within the management of the corporation in place of the current arrangement of Interim Management Committee.

“The NMC recognizes the board’s authority to determine matters of leave relating to the Director-General,” the statement read, adding the Commission has instructed the investigation to be expedited.

NMC boss Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng has assured Ghanaians and all the individuals involved in the matter of the Commission’s commitment to insulate state media from government control.

“The Commission shall at all times ensure that proper corporate governance principles pertain in all the state-owned media,” the statement added.

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