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Broadcast Regulations TV station owners tremble as NCA turns heat on them

The minister of communications, Ursula Owusu made the revelation in Parliament after NCA dealt ruthlessly with some 131 radio stations that have violated the broadcast rules in one way or the other.

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Television stations in Ghana are on tenterhooks, especially those that have fallen short of the regulations of the National Communications Authority.

The NCA has turned the gun on TV stations after having dealt ruthlessly with some 131 radio stations that have violated the broadcast rules in one way or the other.

Some radio owners got their licenses completely revoked, while others were slapped with hefty fines.

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Though some analysts are of the view that the regulator’s action was too harsh and has some likely consequences for the media industry, the regulator is not perturbed. It has now shifted its focus on TV stations as the Ministry of communications headed by Ursula Owusu is bent on sanitizing the media landscape.

Madam Ursula Owusu Ekuful has said that all television stations in the country are currently undergoing a special audit to ascertain their conformity to rules and regulations, and to ensure they adhere to professional standards.

Addressing the press in Parliament, the Communications Minister explained the audit was conducted to ensure that some sanity prevailed in the radio space.

READ ALSO: NCA to shut down Montie FM and Radio Gold?

She revealed that, “It will not be limited to only the FM radio stations; there is an ongoing audit of TV stations as well. Thankfully, they are being migrated onto the digital platform; so, any one of those stations which are currently enjoying test transmission, that does not live up to its obligations under the rules and regulations setting it up, will not be migrated onto the platform and would, by so doing, cease operations.

“I think this is the only way we can send a clear signal that we must make our laws work. It is critical to ensure that, as in every other civilised society, the rules and regulations we all agree to – ceding part of our own rights and obligations for the general good – are applied without fear or favour, or malice or ill-will, and dispassionately to everyone who may be caught.”

READ ALSO: NCA accused of ‘monetising free speech

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has sanctioned a total of 131 radio stations for violating certain aspects of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.

The offences included operating without a license, and operating with an expired license among others.

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