The National Communications Authority (NCA), has indicated that it intends to shut down some 49 television channels due to its illegal operation without valid licenses, contrary to Section 2 (4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008.
In a said statement on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the exercise is being done in conjunction with the Ghana Police Service and National Security Intelligence Operatives. The statement further indicated that this forms part of a continuous monitoring exercise conducted on various 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 authorization by the Authority’.
The NCA says it will continue monitoring to ensure that the use of spectrum is done in an efficient manner. Some of the stations so far include Kwaku Bonsam TV, Apple TV, Iron TV, Thunder TV, Ice1 TV, Abapa TV, Serwaa TV, Face TV, Cash TV, Lion TV, NTV, Nazareth TV among others.
Meanwhile,the Executive Director for the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah, is calling for the prosecution of persons behind the illegally-operating channels.
The President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Andrew Danso-Aninkora, has also welcomed the National Communications Authority’s plan to shut down 49 television channels across the country that have been operating without authorization. According to him, such an exercise is long overdue and is important in ensuring the media space in the country is sanitized.
Taking to her Facebook page, Hon. Ursula Owusu indicated that, At about 2200hrs on 20/04/2021, a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority, stormed the premises of two satellite television stations, namely, Thunder TV and Ice1 TV, who were illegally transmitting without licenses, at Kasoa in the Central Region.
The team arrested the offenders among which included the owner of Thunder TV, Patience Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa and seized two (2) equipment each used in the illegal transmission from both premises. Nana Agradaa advertises her “Sika Gari” on her TV station, which she claims is her personal god that multiplies money with some rituals she makes. She has hence admitted to this illegality and is currently in custody assisting with further investigations.
The influx of unregulated television stations on air have led to promotion of certain content which may affect public order, public morality and the rights and reputation of others. As such, efforts are underway to rid the system of this canker and reduce overcrowding on Ghana’s air waves.