The National Communication Authority (NCA) has said it is embarking on an exercise to shut down 49 Television (TV) stations for operating without authorisation.
According to the NCA, the exercise 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 NCA noted in a statement that the monitoring revealed that some channels were operating without valid authorisation contrary to Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008, which states: ‘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’.
“As a result, 49 channels have been identified to be operating without valid Authorisations from the Authority and is being shut down accordingly,” the statement from the regulatory agency stated.
Below is the list of TV Stations that have been identified to be in violation and are due to be shut down:
The exercise is being done in conjunction with the Ghana Police Service and national security intelligence operatives.
Earlier, two television stations, ‘Thunder TV’ and ‘Ice 1 TV’, both belonging to spiritualist Patricia Asieduaa popularly known as Nana Agradaa, for operating without the necessary authorisation from the NCA.