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Francisca Ashietey-Odunton Former newscaster appointed acting D-G of GBC

Former newscaster Mrs Francisca Ashietey-Odunton is now the acting Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

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Francisca Ashietey-Odunton

The Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Major Albert Don-Chebe (retd), has taken his two-year outstanding leave, the National Media Commission (NMC) has said.

In his place, the Deputy Director-General, Mrs Francisca Ashietey-Odunton, is acting as the Director-General.

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A statement from the NMC on Monday said Major-Don-Chebe would not return to the corporation after the expiry of his contract in May this year.

Workers of the state broadcaster have been agitating for the non-renewal of the contract of their boss.

But the NMC, in its statement, said there was no controversy over his tenure because he had not sought an extension of his contract and the commission was, therefore, not considering any such extension.

“The commission wishes to explain that the Director-General’s contract expires in May 2016. Until then, he remains the substantive Director-General of the corporation.

“As part of his contract, Major Don-Chebe is entitled to 30 working days’ leave for each year served,” the statement, signed by the NMC Chairman, Mr Kwesi Gyan-Apenteng, said.


It said the NMC met with the board of the GBC and concluded that the issues at GBC could be resolved amicably to the satisfaction of all parties.

“The commission, therefore, calls for the restoration of calm at GBC. It believes that GBC would develop better in an atmosphere of peace and industrial harmony,” it said


The commission advised any persons or group that had any grievance at GBC to use laid down procedures to make its complaint to the relevant authority for redress.

It also directed the acting Director-General to take steps to ensure that there was harmony at the corporation.

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