Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)
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:
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.
To be the Authentic and Trusted Voice of Ghana
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 their 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.See more