Global Television Network of Africa (GTNA), which would be the first global TV network for the continent said that it has secured close to 5,000 square meters of land from the Addis Abeba City Administration for 30 million Birr advance payment.
The rest of the payment will be paid in 99 years as it’s stipulated in the urban land lease proclamation.
The land will be used for the construction of GTNA Headquarters and will be a mega establishment that will be one of the most recognized landmarks in the City.
“The lease land amount that we paid is one of the highest in the country,” Girum Chala, a journalist, founder and CEO of GTNA said in a presser Tuesday.
“We have so far finalized the First phase of the project, in which we have obtained the investment license, business registration, getting our partners and stakeholders on board, and securing a land for the construction of the project,” Girum said.
He added: “We’ll work to get a broadcast license from Ethiopian Media Authority. Soon, a project office will also be opened that will implement the plans of GTNA into action.”
Girum went on saying that, “That will enable us to work on the organizational structure as well as hiring and training employees among other tasks”.
GTNA will be the first global network television of Africa that has been initiated to be the pioneer institutionalized news television that will tell Ethiopia’s and the continent’s story from the African point of view.
The goal of GTNA is to build the continent’s image so that Africa can get its rightful place in the global political and economic arena, according to Girum.
It will also enhance Ethiopia’s and the continent’s image so that African acquires its relevance in the global political and economic arena.
“Everything we are working is not related with any political or personal backing,” he said.
Then plan is to represent the truth, the opportunities and generous situations of the continent to the world in a motto “From Africa to the World”, he added. Furthermore, GTNA will showcase the Ethiopian and the continental news from an African perspective.
The new media, which is under formation, will have senior correspondents across Africa including from Cameron, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. GTNA will too have offices in Beijing, London, New York and Washington DC.