Radio Gold Founder, Baffoe-Bonnie Passes On
The CEO and founder of Radio Gold Mr Baffoe Bonnie has died. Mr Baffoe-Bonnie popularly known as Baboo died on Monday, February 1, 2020 and It is unclear the cause of his death. Radio Gold was among the pioneer radio stations in the country having given opportunities to a number of broadcasters in the country to develop their talent. The station was controversially shut down by the Nana Akufo-Addo government in May 2019 over nonpayment of regulatory charges.
Background (Radio Gold closure)
The National Communications Authority NCA explained it shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ because they failed to comply with the ruling of the ECT. According to the NCA, the Radio stations operating without valid authorisations as determined by the 2017 Broadcasting Audit are being shut down with immediate effect as
enforcement action in view of the decision of the Electronic Communications Tribunal. In a statement, it said 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 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 the 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.