The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has shut down Accra-based television station Metro TV, reportedly over their failure to pay their taxes. According to sources, the cantonment premises of metro tv is under lock by the GRA.
The Metropolitan Entertainment Television popularly known as Metro TV Ghana is a privately owned free to air television station in Ghana.The Station has since its inception in 1997, successfully established its brand as Ghana’s second largest broadcasting station, by providing national coverage to all Ten Regional Capitals in Ghana, whilst also available on DSTV channel 277.
The main gates of Metro TV according to Citi News the Cantonment premises of the television station revealed that the GRA has restricted entry into the company with a seal of the Commissioner General.
Although the amount, which is taxes owed in VAT has not been disclosed. Thus it is unclear exactly how much Metro TV owes and whether they were also given time to pay off the arrears.
Ghana Revenue Authority Shuts Down Metro TV
Ghanaweb reports that source within the Accra-based television station said the new owners of the station, Jospong Group of companies, were not aware of certain liabilities left by the previous owners, thus the action of the GRA.
In a bid to retrieve the huge amount owed the state in taxes, the GRA shut down the station. It is not yet clear if the new management will pick up the tax liabilit
The premises of the station has since been locked up, with the building cordoned off with yellow tape of the Ghana Revenue Authority. Checks have also revealed that the station went off the air for a few minutes but is now broadcasting again.
GRA has recently begun cracking down on companies that have failed to fulfill their tax obligations.