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Regional News Thu, 31 Mar 2016

NCA to close down unauthorized radio stations

The National Communications Authority (NCA) is set to close down unauthorized radio stations across the country.

The move, according to the Principal Engineer of the NCA, Edward Yirenkye Fianko forms part of steps taken by the regulatory authority to sanitize Ghana’s airwaves.

“As I speak, an exercise is going on in one of the regions, where we hear some stations are operating without permit and we would close it down, it’s not a TV station but radio…”, he revealed.

The NCA on Wednesday March 29, 2016 announced that it has taken eight channels off the Multi TV platform for failing to go through the necessary processes to get certification to operate on the platform.

The channels include OB TV owned by controversial man of God, Bishop Daniel Obinim, Amansan TV and Business Television Africa (BTA), all owned by businessman cum politician, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and Elija TV owned by Prophet Isaac Kwarteng.

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Others include Kessben TV, Care TV, and Capital TV.

Most of these TV’s are mainly on the KNET platform. Checks on digital TVs showed the 'scrambled channel' or 'error loading stream. Not found on server'.

Engineer Yirenkye Fianko on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Thursday, confirmed that the authority took the step as part of efforts to sanitize the airwaves in Ghana.

He said this is not the first time the NCA has worked to close down unauthorized platforms.

According to him, the authority prior to taken off the stations sent them messages urging them to come and register with the authority.

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“Some are in the process of finalizing the paper works while others are yet to begin…,” he said.

He added that, the authority would put back the stations on air once they have successfully gone through the necessary documentations. Engineer Fianko could however not give timelines.

Mr. Fianko further disclosed that, the NCA is also going to close down several radio stations in the all the regions of the country for operating without licenses.

The NCA Engineer counselled advertisers to always check with the authority on certified TV station before engaging in business activities with them.

Source: adomonline.com