The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) is holding an emergency meeting today to discuss what it describes as ‘harsh sanction’s slapped on defaulting media houses by the National Communications Authority.
The NCA has revoked the licenses some media houses and slapped fines, some up to 60 million cedis on radio stations for failing to renew their licenses among other things over some years.
GIBA noted with concern that the action could affect the morale of others in doing legitimate business knowing the unpredictable terrain of business in Ghana.
GIBA President, Andrew Danso-Aninkora who spoke to XYZ News, said: “we are concerned about it naturally because we represent the stakeholders that are involved. We are entreating our members to remain calm as we work on it. We will explore all avenues, the NCA has done what it is mandated to do but that is not the final that they can do. So we would want to explore those avenues and engage all stakeholders to find an amicable solution to the situation.”
Some of the affected stations have 30 days to settle their fines. In all, the fines build up about GHc1.18 billion for stations cutting across all ten regions.