The Learning Channel owns 20 satellite dishes, 16 dish stands, 17 antennas, 17 receivers and purchased these, along with the service to install them, at a cost of $6.987 million from TVG.
Among the interior locations where the Channel reaches are Port Kaituma and Mabaruma in Region One, Mora Point in Region Seven, Mahdia in Region Eight and Lethem, Annai and Aishalton in Region Nine, Minister of Education Priya Manickchand said in a written response yesterday in the National Assembly to questions posed.
Several of the questions asked of the minister by opposition parliamentarians were previously answered and reported on in the media. The minister provided a copy of the contract between the government and TVG for the use of TVG’s teleport/transmission facilities to broadcast the Learning Channel.
Manickchand revealed that six full-time, six part-time and two temporary persons are employed at the Learning Channel. “All others, such as studio teachers and scriptwriters are contracted as needed. The Learning Channel hires the best skill available for the best price available,” she said. The minister said that the persons employed are from Georgetown, New Amsterdam, Orealla and Kwakwani.
She also revealed that the Learning Channel utilizes the GT&T tower at Benab and the Digicel tower at Mora Point for the broadcast of its programming.