About Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

 


Introduction

Broadcasting began in Ghana on July 31st, 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 1700GMT on that historic day, gramophone records comprising of martial and light music were relayed and exactly 1745GMT 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".


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 begun 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 System (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 Service (GBS). The legislation that basically set up GBC as an establishment was National Liberation Council Decree number 226(NLCD226) of 1968.

Corporate Vision

To be the Authentic and Trusted Voice of Ghana

Mission Statement

  • To lead the Broadcasting and Communication Industry through quality programming this promotes the development and cultural aspirations of Ghana.
  • To undertake viable Commercial activities that promotes the aspirations of the Corporation.

To achieve our Mission we shall:

  • Be committed to providing credible, reliable and quality Broadcasting and Communication Services.
  • Promote National consciousness, loyalty, integrity, self-reliance and provide strong sense of national identity.
  • Be guided by a high standard of professionalism, objectivity, accuracy, balance and excellence.
  • Pursue sound policies and best business practices in dealing with our stakeholders.

 

Past to Present Chief Executives Officers

  1. Mr. J. B. Millar - 1954-1960
  2. Mr. W. F. Coleman - 1960-1970
  3. Mr. S. B. Mfodwo - 1970-1972
  4. Lt Col. J. Y. Assasie - 1975-1981
  5. Mr. Kwame Karikari - 1982-1984
  6. Mr. L.W. FiiFi Hesse - 1972-1975 & 1984 – 1990
  7. Mr. George Aryee - 1991–1992
  8. Mr. David Anaglate - 1992–1995
  9. Dr. Kofi Frimpong - 1995–1999
  10. Mr. Adanusa - 1999–2000
  11. Mr. Seth Ago - Adjetey - 2000 – 2002
  12. Madam Eva Lokko - 2002–2005
  13. Mr. Yaw Owusu Addo - 2005 - 2007
  14. Mr. William Ampem-Darko - 2007 – 2010
  15. Mr. Kwabena Sarpong-Anane - Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
  16. Mr. Berifi Afari Apenteng - Nov. 2011 - March 2013
  17. Major Albert Don-Chebe (Rtd)- May 2013 - May 2016
  18. Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow - November 2016 -

 

Divisional Directors of GBC

  1. Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow - Director – General
  2. Mrs.Francisca Ashietey-Odunton- Deputy Director – General
  3. Mr. Opoku-Agyemang - Ag.Director of Radio
  4. Mr. Johnny Aryeetey - Ag. Director of Television
  5. Rev. Emmanuel Botwe, Ag. Director of Finance
  6. Mr. Fred Kumassey - Director of Technical Production
  7. Madam Mamle Asare - Director of Corporate Affairs
  8. Mr. Augustus A. Yamson - Director of Engineering
  9. John Osei Korasare - Director of Human Resource
  10. Mrs. Clare Banoeng-Yakubu - Ag. Director of Marketing
  11. Mr. George Ekow Mill - Director of Legal Services
  12. Mr. Peter Opoku Mensah - Director of Audit

 

Regional Directors

  1. Tema - Mrs. Loretta Vanderpuye
  2. Bolgatanga - Mr. Emmanuel Yanny
  3. Cape Coast - Mrs. Susanna Garbrah
  4. Ho - Mr. Simon Akli
  5. Koforidua - Angela Manor
  6. Sekondi/Takoradi - Philip Baidoo
  7. Kumasi - Sam Kwatia
  8. Sunyani - Eunice Obeng Yeboah
  9. Tamale - Abubakari Alhassan
  10. Wa - Judith Bagiro

Board of Directors

  1. Mr. Kwame Asante - Chairman
  2. Prince William Ankrah - Member
  3. Oscar Bruce - Member
  4. Mohammed Aminu Futa - Member
  5. Madam Rose Bulla - Member
  6. Dr Grace Ayensu Danquah - Member
  7. Prof Linus Abraham - Member
  8. Kojo Mattah - Member
  9. Madam Jennifer Amanda Coffie - Member
  10. Dr. Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow - Director – General

Landmarks

1935 : Radio ZOY Established (BH-1)
1939-40 : British Government built BH-2 (now known as Old House)
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 (24hours 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