- The National Communications Authority has shut down an FM station, Radio Dam, that was transmitting illegally
- The transmitter was captured hidden under a banner
- The operators of the illegal FM station denied the act
Radio Dam, an illegal radio station has been shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The illegal FM station is said to have been broadcasting on 104.9, which according to the NCA, is an illegal frequency.
Officials of the NCA tracked the operations of the illegal FM station which was situated in a living room in Dansoman, a suburb of Accra.
Its transmitter was captured hidden under a banner.
Consequently, the transmitter was confiscated and the FM station shut down by the NCA with the help of the Ghana Police Service.
It was established by the NCA that authorities of the illegal radio station did not have the permit to operate as a public electronic communications service.
The Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011 (LI 1991) state that a person who seeks to provide a broadcasting service shall make an application for a frequency authorisation to the NCA.
This, the owners of the illegal FM station failed to do.
Section 3(1) of the Electronic Communications Act (2008) also requires that interested person who wishes to operate a public electronic communications service or network or provide a voice telephony service must seek authorisation from the NCA.
Their offence, in accordance to Section 73(1)(b)(c) of Act 775 makes them liable to a fine or imprisonment or even both.
Meanwhile, the owners of Radio Dam, the illegal FM station has denied the charge.
They insisted that they only operated an online radio and not an FM station.
However, the NCA says it has in possession some recordings of the activities of the illegal station.
Therefore, it issued a Cease and Desist Order to the operators of the illegal station, warning them to stop their illegal activities.
Failure to do so, the NCA warned, will lead to their arrest and persecution.
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