About fifty-seven broadcasting stations have been shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA), the Communications regulator and radio-frequency licensing body in Ghana.
According to the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, fifty-seven out of the 144 Frequency Modulation (FM) stations were cited for various infractions in an audit exercise by the NCA.
She said: "In accordance with the decisions of the Electronic Communication Tribunal (ECT), 30 out of the 57 stations have submitted fresh applications for FM authorisations, out of which 15 have been processed.
"The applications for the remaining15 FM stations are still being processed and the outcomes will be communicated to them after they have gone through all the requisite processes, which include technical review, management review and board approval."
She revealed that 27 out of the stations that were closed down had not submitted fresh applications for new FM authorisations.
It would be recalled that on July 6, 2017, the sector Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful hinted that the government was considering taking action against radio stations that are in breach of their licensing obligations.
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