The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has registered their displeasure concerning the Ghana Football Association’s decision to permit StarTimes broadcast rights to the ongoing GPL and yet to commence FA cup.
The GBC describes the decision to permit StarTimes the rights while disregarding them as shocking and disappointing.
The GFA announced StarTimes as the official broadcasters of the premier league and FA cup on January 8 this year. This came on the back of a 5 million dollar deal that will see the Chines broadcast super house pay up to an amount of 1,050,000 USD annually to the GFA.
A statement signed by the Director of Corporate Affairs at GBC, indicates that the nation’s premier broadcasting house tabled a deal that seemed better than that of StarTimes’ and yet were refused broadcast rights of the league.
“The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation put in a bid which we are certain was superior to what StarTimes is said to have submitted” the statement reads. The GBC is believed to have submitted a proposal that would have seen them pay 1,100,000 USD – totaling 50,000 USD more than the GFA’s agreed deal with StarTimes.
According to GBC, the “unfair and unjust” decline of their bid to the broadcast rights of the GPL will have adverse effects on Ghanaians’ access to the league and FA cup live games.
GBC further iterates that aside tabling a better financial proposal to that of StarTimes’, the national broadcaster has shown both will and capacity to broadcast national league games. “GBC has FTA (free-to-air) capabilities like none other. Apart from GTV and GTV Sport Plus, we have a nationwide network of radio stations with combined effect of reaching Ghanaians better…”
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The Ghana Football Association and the management of StarTimes are yet to make public their response to GBC’s claim. Meanwhile, the GPL continues into matchday 3 of the 2019/2020 season.