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13.08.2009 Sports News

GBC apologizes to football fans for inability to transmit match

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Accra, Aug. 13, GNA - Management of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has rendered its apology to Ghanaian football fans and the entire nation for its inability to transmit live the friendly international match between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Chipolopolo of Zambia on Wednesday evening.

The match which took place at the Layton Orient stadium in England was won by the Black Stars 4-1, but the anxious and enthusiastic football fans were highly disappointed when the GBC failed to telecast the match.

A statement issued by the GBC on Thursday copied to GNA Sports however explained that their inability to telecast the match was due to difficulties from the source in England .

It said "GBC received an apology letter on Thursday morning from JV2i, the television production company that was to provide the feed to Ghana Television (GTV), citing difficulties with up-linking the live pictures from the stadium unto the satellite. They had to reroute the pictures in order for us to pick the second half live".

The release added that "GBC will however, telecast a playback of the entire match at a date and time to be communicated later".

The management said it therefore regrets the inconvenience this might have caused fans and wish to assure the public that such difficulties would be taken care of in the future.

Accompanying the release is a copy of a fax message sent from JV2i signed by Justin Addo to the Director General of the GBC unreservedly apologising for the technical difficulties experienced during the transmission of the live match from London .

It explained that the TV production company had difficulties up-linking the live pictures adding 'I appreciate the disappointment and embarrassment these difficulties might have caused you, and apologise sincerely to yourself, your company and all Ghanaians".

Mr Addo added that "I'm sending through a tape of the whole page immediately in order that the public can get the chance to view the match again. We are still looking at ways to ensure that these difficulties do not happen again".


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