The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu, has described as “a step in the right direction” move by the National Communications Authority to sanction some 131 radio stations found to have committed various infractions regarding their authorisations to operate as captured in Section 13 of the Electronics Communications Act (2009), Act 775.
The NCA this year conducted an audit of radio stations in the country to determine which ones have violated their compliance regulations and the list was subsequently published.
The affected stations were fined, pursuant to the NCA’s gazetted Schedule of Penalties about GHC50,000.00 to GHC61,000,000.00 depending on the severity of the infraction.
But the issue attracted a lot of criticism from a section of the public who saw these fines as exorbitant.
Speaking to the media today in Parliament, Ursula Owusu said “the move is to eject some sanity into that space” and to ensure that all stations comply with the NCA regulations.
She disclosed that the audit is not only limited to radio stations but there is an ongoing audit of television stations and those found to have flouted any of NCA’s regulations will not be given authorization to migrate to the digital platform.