NCA sanctions over 100 FM stations; revokes licences of 21 stations
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has sanctioned a total of 131 FM Authorisation Holders it says have violated various aspects of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.
A further 13 FM Authorisation Holders have been issued with reprieves as pertains to their authorisations.
The NCA has also revoked completely the authorisations of 21 FM stations whose authorisations had expired over several years and were operating illegally.
“They had also failed to apply for renewal 3 months before expiry of existing Authorization and as stipulated in their Authorization. The FM broadcasting stations in question also did not respond to a notice the NCA sent to them to regularize their operations earlier this year,” the NCA said in a release issued Thursday.
The airwaves regulator’s action follows the completion of a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit conducted this year to determine compliance of Authorisation Holders with their Authorisation conditions and to determine which FM stations were in operations or otherwise.
The FM Spectrum Audit also forms part of a wider and on‐going audit of all services regulated by the NCA, including TV and ISP services, NCA said.
Price FM, Kumasi; Dess FM, Bekwai; Hello FM, Kumasi; Kapital Radio, Kumasi, Voice of Sene, Kwame Danso; are among the radio stations whose licences have been revoked.