Some of the closed radio stations are dead, they can’t come back – Sam George


Individual from Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, has shown that a portion of the 133 radio broadcasts that were closed somewhere near the National Communications Authority (NCA) in 2017 can’t get back to business in spite of their re-authorisation.


He uncovered that the transmitters of a portion of these stations have been harmed past fixes in light of the fact that they were not being utilized.


The expense of support, he said, was high, a circumstance that made it inconceivable for them to keep fixing when no benefits were being made.

The positioning part on the select panel on interchanges additionally uncovered that criminals have taken properties having a place with these stations.

Talking on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday October 16, with have Dzifah Bampoh, he said “133 stations, I know a portion of the stations that are in a real sense dead.


“Hardware, for quite some time had not been utilized, burglary has happened to a portion of their transmitters so there might be a portion of these stations that really, because of the moves that were made in 2017, can simply not return on air.

“Their transmitters have created issues since when you are working, you continually administration it, many individuals have not visited their transmitter-based stations in two years and three years in this way, they don’t have the foggiest idea about the state.

“Unusually, two weeks prior, one of the proprietors of the radio broadcasts called me and said Sam, I am hoping to sell my transmitters and I said kindly don’t, on the grounds that, greatest, in a month I am certain you will back with your recurrence.

“Yet, he said he can’t on the grounds that they have been attempting to oversee it and surprisingly the expense of keeping security at the site was high.”

The Governing Board of the NCA has supported the award of a sum of One Hundred and Thirty Three (133) FM radio telecom authorisations which incorporate new applications from substances whose FM radio broadcasts were shut down after the 2017 FM Audit just as existing stations which applied for restoration of their terminated FM Radio telecom authorisations.

The endorsement was done at a Board meeting hung on eleventh October, 2021.

An assertion gave by the NCA on Tuesday October 12 said this endorsement from the Board is likely to the candidates going to a sensitisation studio on the agreements of FM radio telecom authorisations.

“The studio will explain the lawful, administrative, and specialized necessities for the foundation and activity of a FM Radio Broadcasting station.

“Temporary authorisations will be given to the fruitful candidates toward the finish of the studio and frequencies will be doled out to the candidates just upon the satisfaction of the states of the Provisional Authorisation.

“The overall population is reminded that per Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act, 2008, Act 775, an individual will not work a telecom framework or give a telecom administration without a recurrence authorisation by the Authority.

“Wrongdoers are responsible on outline conviction to a fine of not multiple thousand punishment units or to a term of detainment of not over five years or to both, according to Section 73 of Act 775 of 2008.”

The NCA shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, and a few others.

An assertion gave by the NCA in Accra on May 9, 2019, said the terminations were done in accordance with Regulations 65 (1) of the Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011, L. I. 1991, which expresses that “An individual will not utilize a radio recurrence without authorisation from the Authority.”

Alluding to a 2018 decision by the Electronic Communications Tribunal on the situation with FM stations with terminated authorisation, the NCA said “Organizations whose authorisations had lapsed returned to a similar situation as a new candidate,” adding that “these applications will go through the necessary system for new FM Broadcasting Authorisation.”

The controller didn’t specify the two stations, suggesting that it was an overall exercise. Notwithstanding, just Radio XYZ and Radio Gold have been shut up until now. Authorities of the NCA, upheld by furnished cops, raged the premises of the radio broadcasts to implement the closure in the early evening of May 9.

This is the second time in under two years that the controller has utilized its muscles against “defaulting stations.” In September, 2017, the NCA did an enormous cleanse of the telecom business that saw a sum of 34 radio and TV channels being closed down for different infractions, in authorization of Section 13 of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.

The controller likewise forced fines on various stations going from GHC50,000 (US$11,000) to GHC61,000,000 (US$13.8 million) contingent upon the infraction and the length the infraction continued.

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