15 radio stations shut down by NCA to get new licenses – Ursula OIwusu

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Fifteen radio stations that were shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA) is having their licenses reviewed and likely to be given new licenses, Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said.

According to the Minister, the fifteen radio stations were part of the 57 that were shut down by the regulatory agency for failing to failing to renew their licenses.

The 15, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said were chosen from a total of 30 that re-applied for their licenses to be given them by the NCA.

According to her, they were re-offered licenses after going through a thorough review exercise by the NCA.

15 others, she added have not been given any licenses despite re-applying to the NCA.

The Minister who was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen as monitored by Angelfmonlinegh.com said the NCA sees all the radio stations that were shut down as ones that are re-applying for licenses.

“The regulator followed laid down rules and punished all the 147 that had flouted the rules…NCA sanctioned and asked them to pay a fine but some said they won’t pay so were taken to court and the tribunal ruled that they be shut down.

157 radio stations were shut down by the NCA for various breaches including failing to pay for their renewals.

The stations included pro-NDC radio stations, Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | KWAKU NTI

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