The National Communications Authority says it has approved the authorization of 133 FM stations which includes the new applications from entities whose FM radio stations were closed after the 2017 FM audit as well as existing stations that applied for renewal of their expired broadcasting authorizations.

According to a press release issued on October 12, 2021, the approval from the Governing Board is subject to the applicants attending to sensitization workshop on the terms and conditions of FM radio broadcasting authorization.

The workshop stressed the legal, regulatory and technical requirements for the establishment of and operation of a radio station.

The Press release adds that authorization shall be issued to the successful applicants

The National Communications Authority also noted that a person shall not operate a broadcasting system or provide a broadcasting service without frequency authorization.

The release explained that the order is in line with the provisions of Section 2(4) of the electronic and communications Act, 2008, Act 775.

The NCA noted that offenders are liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than three thousand penalty units or a to a term of imprisonment of not more than 5 years or both as per section 73 of Act 775, 2008

Press Statement Below:

Background:

On May 9, 2019, officials of the National Communications Authority, backed by armed police officers, stormed the premises of the radio stations to shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ, both based in Accra.

A statement issued by the NCA said the closures were carried out in line with Regulations 65 (1) of the Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011, L. I. 1991, which states that “A person shall not use a radio frequency without authorization from the Authority.”

Referring to a 2018 ruling by the Electronic Communications Tribunal on the status of FM stations with expired authorization, the NCA said companies whose authorizations had expired reverted to the same position as a fresh applicant.

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