- Four people have been picked up by the police after a radio station in the Northern region was closed down
- Reports reveal that there is a dispute about the status of the station as to whether it is commercial or not
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that four people have been arrested after Gmantanbu 96. 1MHz, a radio station in the Northern region was closed down on temporarily on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Starrfm.com.gh reports that the closure followed a fistfight that broke out at the Municipal Assembly building between managers of the radio station and some assemblymen, who have petitioned the National Communication Authority (NCA) to investigate the station for frequency authorization breach.
Since 2013, there has been a longstanding feud between four assemblymen and managers of the radio station after a misunderstanding over airtime charges.
The petitioners accused the managers of operating with an illegal frequency authorization and running the station as their private property.
The petitioners added that, the radio station, which has a community-based radio frequency, is operating as commercial radio and controlled by private individuals.
“Last month or so, there was a letter from the NCA, following the petition, directing the managers of Gmantanbu radio to reconstitute their board based on a community radio station status because the frequency is a community radio station.
Moreover, the petitioners are saying that, if it is a community radio, the board is not constituted based on the guidelines of a community.
It was added that per their charges and other issues, it is a commercial station," the MCE, Abdulai Yaqoo, explained.
Gmantanbu radio has a wider coverage area. It has strong signals in Saboba, Tatale, Zabzugu, Wulensi, Kpandai, parts of Yendi and Oti Region.
It is one of the popular local radio stations with more than half a million direct beneficiaries, reaching almost every hamlet in the eastern corridor area of a region reportedly suppressed by a media censorship.
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