Ghana Broadcasting Coporation (GBC) has expressed shock over Startimes being awarded Ghana Premier League and FA Cup Television rights by the Ghana Football Association.
According to the state broadcasting firm, they [GBC] offered a better financial deal as compared to StarTimes who emerged eventual rights holders of the two competitions.
A statement signed by the Director of Corporate Affairs at GBC, Dr. Mamle Asare expressed disappointment over the decision by the Ghanaian FA.
“Ghana Broadcasting Corporation put in a bid which we are certain was superior to what the StarTimes is said to have submitted. As published on the GFA website, StarTimes offered to pay UDS 5,250,000 which comes up to USD 1,050,000 annually whilst GBC made a financial offer of USD 1,100,000 annually.
“It is for this and other reasons that we received the news with disappointment and shock. Apart from GBC’s superior financial offer, we thought that the Premier League and FA Cup content would have been treated like a national treasure and given to the national broadcaster and a consortium of local broadcasters”, the statement said.
“GBC wishes to put it on public record that the national broadcaster and the local TV Consortium have been treated unfairly and unjustly. The GFA decision will gravely impact on Ghanaians’ access to the Ghana Premier League and FA Cup live games on Free-to-Air (FTA) broadcast”, the statement continued.
Meanwhile, the GFA on Wednesday announced StarTimes as official TV rights holders for the Ghana Premier league and FA Cup in a five-year $5.25 million deal.