The Board of the corporation said in a statement it took the decision at an emergency meeting held January 10, 2018 following “apprehensions”, “anxieties” and “outcry” from Ghanaians.

The statement signed by the Board Chair, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Obeng, assured the public “not to entertain any fears” over prosecutions.

The new direction could render redundant, the Special courts created for the prosecution of defaulters.

The annual fee for the licence is 36 cedis for residential users.

Ridicule and anger characterized social media trolling of the state broadcaster’s determination to collect the 36 cedis annual fee.
The controversy over the collection of the licence played out extensively on social media as subscribers criticised the government, describing the licence fee as archaic.

Ghanaians have questioned the quality of content and services offered by GTV to justify the collection of what they have described as ‘easy money’.

Many say they want to see GTV compete for adverts and revenue as private broadcasters do in exchange for superior content.