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Gambia: Board Wants GRTS Re

The Board of Directors of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) has revealed its intention for the public broadcaster to be repositioned and be a public broadcaster that would be viable to compete in the industry.

Fatou Jagne Senghore, Chairperson of the Board, informed PEC that the levy has been decided upon few years ago by a government policy, adding that GRTS cannot be seen or compete at the same level with private broadcasting entities because of the public service remit.It is not a commercial entity and it is public service broadcaster and cannot generate revenue as any other commercial entity.So obviously, a form of government subsidy must exist for the public service broadcaster to be viable," she said."In a nutshell, we believe that government subsidy must exist for any public service by government through different forms of levies.

The board chairperson said legislation is needed to clarify the role of the public service to enable them to reposition the corporation and have private sector grow amidst fair competition.p The Board of Directors of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) has revealed its intention for the public broadcaster to be repositioned and be a public broadcaster that would be viable to compete in the industry.

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