The National Communications Authority (NCA) says it will shut down some 49 television channels in the country that are operating without valid licenses contrary to Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008.
The shutdown process which has begun, will affect channels including Virgin TV, Thunder TV, Maranatha TV, Kwaku Bonsam and Obuor TV.
A statement issued by the NCA said the exercise is being done in conjunction with the Ghana Police Service and National Security Intelligence Operatives.
It said the channels were identified during a monitoring exercise “conducted on various Satellite Free-to-Air Television platforms using the Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) and the Radio Spectrum Monitoring System (RSMS).”
It noted that its monitoring will continue as a way of ensuring the efficient use of the country’s broadcasting spectrum.
“We also take the opportunity to caution all Licence and Authorisation holders to ensure that their
Licences and Authorisations are always up-to-date and in compliance with the stated terms and
conditions,” the NCA added.
The NCA has since shutdown two television stations; Thunder TV and ICE1 TV belonging to popular priestesses Nana Agraada.