The National Communication Authority (NCA) is shutting down at least 49 television stations for operating without on the nations spectrum without lawful authorization.
Among the stations due to be closed down includes Tamale-based Northern Television (NTV) and Sagani TV formally owned by businessman Prince Sofo Siita and Alhaji Abdul Razak Iddrisu respectively.
The NCA said the moves comes after a monitoring exercise conducted on various free-to-air television platforms using Broadcast Monitoring Systems (BMA) and Radio Spectrum Monitoring Systems (RASMS).
According to the NCA, the stations were operating contrary to Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008.
“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 authorisation by the Authority,” a statement by the NCA said.
It added “As a result. ferty-nine (49) channels have been identified to be operating without valid Authorisations from the Authority and is being shut down accordingly.”
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