Senegal: MFWA says Ghana’s communications regulator takes 9 TV channels off the air

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that Ghana's National Communication Authority (NCA) has taken off the air nine television channels for operating without authorisation.

In a statement, obtained here by PANA Tuesday, MFWA revealed that the affected channels are Obinim TV, Kessben TV, ECN, Care TV, Amansan TV, Elijah TV, Zoe TV, BTA and Clive TV most of which are faith-based channels.

The media rights body said NCA had issued a statement on 30 March, explaining that the affected stations breached the guidelines of Ghana's Electronic Communications Act, 2008, which required operators to obtain frequency authorisation from the authority before broadcasting.

The affected stations were said to have also used a third party satellite infrastructure provider to broadcast their programmes via satellite without authorisation.

According to the MFWA, the channels were identified following a periodic monitoring exercise by the NCA in 2015 to ensure compliance with the broadcasting authorisation requirements in the country.  

Upon identification, the NCA notified the third party provider and the satellite company concerned and gave them a grace period to ensure compliance, but they defaulted.

Meanwhile, MFWA said the Ghana Independent Broadcasters’ Association (GIBA) has supported the NCA’s action explaining that the association does not condone piracy and disregard for regulations.

The president of GIBA, Kwasi Agyeman, urged the NCA to ''ensure that everyone adheres to the regulations.''
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 5April2016

05 april 2016 15:24:16

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