GBC asks gov't for help on Afcon rights

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has approached the government for financial support to secure media rights for the 2015 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) which begins on January 17.
GBC has not been able to raise up to $50,000 needed to buy the rights to broadcast the matches. At the moment, only viewers with DSTV will have a chance to watch this month’s African Cup of Nations.
Youth and Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has said government is likely to bail out the State broadcaster.
“I have already been approached by the national broadcaster to discuss this matter because, they usually have to buy the media rights and sometimes they don’t have enough money to buy and they have approached government to find a way of assisting them”.
“We are having discussions and whatever the case [would be] Ghanaians would have to watch [the games].
“It is not the question of how much it cost but how much do they have and how much they expect the government to put in, to support. We will not just give them free money, if we are giving them it will be on the understanding that you will sell and repay or Government will take airtime in return for the investment that has been made.”
Credit: MyJoyOnline

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