National Communications Authority shuts down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ

National Communications Authority shuts down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ

- The NCA has closed down two pro-opposition radio stations, Radio XYZ and Radio Gold

- Officials of the NCA stormed the premises of the stations mentioned supra with armed security personnel and ordered their immediate closure on Thursday, May 9, 2019

The National Communications Authority (NCA) on Thursday closed two radios stations in Accra for defaulting in renewing their licenses.

The two radio stations are - Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, both are known to be affiliated to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Radio stations operating without valid authorisations as determined by the 2017 FM Broadcasting Audit are being shut down with immediate effect as enforcement action in view of the decision of the Electronic Communications Tribunal.

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Following the FM Spectrum Audit in 2017, some stations were found to be in default and were fined by the Authority.  However, some of the stations in default were not satisfied and proceeded to the various courts; Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT) and the High Court to appeal against the NCA’s decision.

“This resulted in a decision by the ECT in 2018 which reviewed the status of expired FM Radio Broadcasting Authorisations and which ruled among others that Companies whose authorisations had expired reverted to the same position as a fresh applicant. While some stations shut down following this decision, others did not,” a statement from the NCA stated.

The development comes in the wake of the invitation of the National Democratic Congress chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo over some recent crimes in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Independence Broadcasters Association-GIBA has described the decision of the National Communication Authority to shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, as too harsh.

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President of the association, Andrew Danso Anninkora, said on Joy News’ TopStory Thursday, May 9 that, the way out to resolve the impasse is “not the recitation of laws but dialogue.”

The NCA is being harsh in dealing with its members. NCA in recent times is applying very harsh methods,” he lamented.

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