Radio XYZ has commenced its test transmission after it’s closure some 3 years ago.
The station will roll out its programmes soon.
On May 9, 2019, the National Communications Authority (NCA) ordered the station– a subsidiary of the XYZ Broadcasting Limited– to shut down.
The regulator said the station and another pro-NDC station, Radio Gold, that was also closed down on the same day had been operating without authorization.
Management of XYZ protested the closure, stressing that they had been chasing the NCA with cheques to renew the station’s license before it was shut.
Advocates of press freedom condemned the Akufo-Addo government for the closure especially as it was critical of the NPP government.
For instance, at her vetting, Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who had been fingered as being behind the closure of the stations, said she did not sanction the shut down of the media houses.
But Sulemana Briamah, the Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), however, insisted the processes leading to the shutdown of the radio stations showed how politically-motivated they were, especially when owners of Radio XYZ tried to get their licenses renewed before they were ordered to shut down.
“From our investigations, since the decision to shut down a number of radio stations was taken, we have always said that the action was politically motivated. Starting from the evidence that was available,” said Braimah.