Viewers of the State broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s (GBC) channels have of late been observing temporary disruptions in transmission but have no idea what the problem is.
Whilst some attribute it to the usual disruptions emanating from network problems, others might think it is a local problem.
Accranews.ga can authoritatively disclose that, the disruptions in transmission are due to a huge debt the Corporation owes the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
Whereas many Ghanaians are aware of the outstanding debt of GHC25 million, a situation that has been communicated to the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, they are oblivious of the fact that, ECG had disconnected its supply lines to the state broadcaster.
To save the situation, management has resorted to the use of a power generating plant to sustain transmission and perhaps, avoid embarrassment.
On Friday, November 22, all the Television channels of the Corporation went off around 10 a.m. due to a rise in temperature of the plant. There are reports of similar cases of rise in temperature compelling management to put all lights off in GBC.
GTV, GBC News, GTV Sports, GTV Life and Obonu Tv were all off on Friday but were restored later.
The cost of fuel is also weighing seriously on the Corporation’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF), which has become the only means to keep the plant in operation and the channels active.
The Management of GBC is awaiting action on an appeal made to the President of Ghana to salvage the situation.
It is believed that, a deal with ECG or government’s intervention to pay the debt would relieve management of the pressure the current state of affairs is putting on them.