Obinim TV Management questions NCA's decision to take station off air

The NCA on Wednesday took  nine channels off our screens - ATV, Clive TV, ECN, Zoe TV, BTA, Care TV, Kessben TV, Elijah TV and Obinim TV (OB TV) owned by controversial ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim.

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Managers of television station Obinim TV (OB TV) have questioned the decision by the National Communication Authority to take their TV Station off air.

The NCA on Wednesday took  nine channels off our screens -  ATV, Clive TV, ECN, Zoe TV, BTA, Care TV, Kessben TV, Elijah TV and Obinim TV (OB TV) owned by controversial ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim.

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The NCA explained that it took off channels on the K-Net platform because they violated Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775.

But, Managers of Obinim TV have argued that they had began the processes of acquiring the license, adding that they were not told by K-Net that they could not operate until the processes were over.

General Manager of Obinim TV, Samuel Owusu Asare, in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM said "I know that OB TV has made every enquiries and everything about the license. And we have written to the NCA and also gone through the processes of regulation which we have letters from NCA.  We started around December 2014. So we had letters from NCA dated 8th of December 2014, concerning this whole issue and the last letter we had from NCA was dated August 2015."

"I will not really say we are operating without any license or we've not made any attempt of acquiring license from the NCA," the General Manager of Obinim TV added.

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However, the Principal Manager of Engineering at the NCA has said the processes of acquiring license by Obinim TV was not exhaustive, adding that their application processes "were not corresponding with the particular category that they applied for."

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