The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) is unhappy that its bids to acquire the broadcast rights for the Ghana Premier League (GHPL) and FA cup have been rejected in favour of a Chinese company, StarTimes.
According to the GBC, the bid the company presented was financially better than that presented by StarTimes, and the GBC wonder why the FA announced the Chinese company as winners.
According to a citisportsonline.com news, filed by Fentuo Tahiru, the FA announced StarTimes as eventual winners of the bid on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, thus giving Startimes the exclusive rights to broadcast the Ghana Premier League and FA Cup in a five-year deal worth $5,250,000.00.
According to the story, the GBC believes the StarTimes offer works out to $1,050,000.00 a year, is lower than their offer of $1,100,000.00 a year.
The GBC therefore wants the FA to review the bidding process.
These claims are contained in a statement signed by the company’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Ms. Mamle Asare.
But in a swift response to the claims, the GFA expressed shock at the claims made by the GBC.
The FA described the GBC’s claims as “deliberate misinformation” and went ahead to say the bids evaluation process was very fair and in accordance with the “deadline stated.”
The GFA further claimed GBC’s initial bid “did not meet the FA’s valuation.” The FA further stated that the GBC later submitted two bids but those did not meet the deadline stated and were therefore rejected by the FA.