National Communications Authority (NCA) on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, declared that it has launched into an exercise to close down 49 television (TV) stations for operating without approvals.
In a declaration to announce the ruling, the NCA stated the move “forms part of a continuous monitoring exercise carried out on numerous Satellite Free-to-Air Television platforms using the Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) and the Radio Spectrum Monitoring System (RSMS).
“The monitoring revealed that some channels were operating without valid Authorisations, contrary to Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008, which states that, ‘Except as provided by this Act or any other law not inconsistent with this Act, a person shall not operate a broadcasting system or provide a broadcasting service without a frequency authorisation by the Authority,’”.
The affected TV stations consist of Thunder TV, Ice1 TV, Cash TV, Lion TV, Kwaku Bonsam TV, Apple TV, Iron TV, Abapa TV, Serwaa TV, Face TV, NTV, Nazareth TV amongst many other ones.
While putting down that “the exercise is being done together with the Ghana Police Service and National Security Intelligence Operatives”, the outfit stated it “will continue tracking to ensure that the use of spectrum is done in an efficient manner.”
“We also take the opportunity to caution all Licence and Authorisation holders to ensure that their licences and authorisations are always up-to-date and in compliance with the stated terms and conditions,” it said.