NCA Approves Licenses Of Radio Gold, XYZ And 131 Others
The Governing Board of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has approved the licenses of some 133 radio stations to operate in the country. Statement from NCA said stations include those whose licences were revoked after an audit in 2017 which affected the Radio Gold and Radio XYZ also. The Governing Board of the
National Communications Authority (NCA), at a Board meeting held on 11th October 2021, approved the grant of a total of One Hundred and Thirty-Three (133) FM radio broadcasting authorizations which include new applications from the entities whose FM radio stations were closed down after the 2017 FM Audit as well as
existing the stations which also applied for renewal of their expired FM Radio broadcasting authorizations, a statement from the NCA said. The approval, according to the statement, is subject to the applicants attending a sensitisation workshop on the terms and conditions of FM radio broadcasting authorisations. The workshop shall clarify legal, regulatory, technical requirements for the establishment, it added.
A number of radio stations including Radio Gold and XYZ were shut down by the National Communications Authority in May 2019. The NCA also explained that the closures were carried out in line with Regulations 65 (1) of the Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011, L. I. 1991, which states that a person shall not use a radio
frequency without authorisation from the Authority. The Radio Gold, for example, was at the time accused of operating with a license that expired in the year 2000. The NCA too referenced a 2018 ruling by the Electronic Communications Tribunal on the status of FM stations with expired authorisation saying companies whose
authorisations had expired reverted to same position as fresh applicants. It added that the applications were to go through required procedure for new Broadcasting Authorisation. The shut-down of the stations extended beyond just Radio Gold and the Radio XYZ. Back in the September 2017, the NCA in an attempt to sanitise the
broadcasting sector shut down 34 radio and television stations for various infractions. The NCA also imposed fines ranging from GHc50,000 to GHC61,000,000. The NCA in the 2017 audit fined Radio XYZ GHS4,090,000 for operating with a license that expired on the 8th May 2016. In the report, the Radio Gold was also fined GH¢ 61,330,000 for operating with a license that expired on 6th September 2000.