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31 March 2016

Some Television Channels For Non-Compliance With Legal Requirements

ncaThe National Communications Authority, NCA, has taken some channels off the screen with immediate effect.

According to the Authority, while some of the affected channels did not have the licence to operate, others did not meet the basic requirements.

The affected channels are Obinim TV (OB TV) owned by Bishop Daniel Obinim, Kessben TV, Angel TV, Care TV, ATV and Capital TV most of which are on MULTI TV‘s platform.

The NCA says some of the channels that are still active and do not meet the requirement to operate will soon be taken off.

A Veteran Broadcaster, Nana Essilfie Conduah applauded the move by the NCA saying the directive will right all the wrongs that have been caused by the proliferation of the airwaves especially television.

The Chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee on communications, Joe Badu Ansah said it comes as a surprise to him and the committee that the NCA watched those TV channels to operate for over four years without licence.

Meanwhile, the NCA has been explaining its mode of operation. It made reference to Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008, which says “a person shall not operate a broadcasting system or provide a broadcasting service without frequency authorization by the Authority”.

Therefore, any person or entity seeking to operate a system for the provision of broadcasting services has to obtain authorization from the National Communications Authority.


REPORT

The statement says Multimedia Broadcasting Limited had authorization to provide Free to Air Satellite Television services, branded Multi TV.

However, the NCA has observed that over a period of time a number of TV stations have been operating over satellite in Ghana in the Ku-Band frequency without authorization from the Authority.

The NCA has consequently directed that these stations be taken off the satellite.

It explains that these illegal stations broadcast using a third party satellite infrastructure provider to send their programmes onto a satellite.

The statement said from time to time, the Authority conducts monitoring exercises and when any unauthorised services are detected, the appropriate enforcement measures are taken.

In this recent case, the stations were detected sometime last year and notice was sent to the third party provider and the satellite company.

A number of engagements went on, including the grant of a grace period to ensure compliance.

The statement said the Authority will continue its monitoring exercise and ensure compliance.

It advises advertisers and the public to check with the Authority for the list of authorised broadcasting stations before doing business with any station.

These lists are published quarterly on NCA’s website.


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