The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has lauded the move by the National Communication Authority (NCA) to take off some television channels in the country.
GIBA believes that broadcast sector of the country needs to be sanitised and the move by the NCA is “in the right direction”.
The NCA on Wednesday took off the screens, nine channels ATV, Clive TV, ECN, Zoe TV, BTA, Care TV, Kessben TV, Elijah TV and Obinim TV (OB TV) owned by controversial ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim.
The NCA explained that it took off channels on the K-Net platform because they violated Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775.
The Act says “a person shall not operate a broadcasting system or provide a broadcasting service without a frequency authorisation by the Authority [NCA]”.
Akwasi Agyeman, President of GIBA speaking on the issue on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM with Kojo Yankson Thursday stressed that the broadcasting industry needs sanitisation.
Welcoming the move, he said there is “the need for us to obey the rules of engagement. As an industry, we’ve always been crying for the NCA to sanitise the system,” because there are regulations and process one goes through before operating a radio or television channel.
“It is a positive move; it is a good move on the part of the NCA that those who haven’t gone through the proper authorisation be taken off air. Indeed, this should have been done the day after the people who were not authorised came on air,” the GIBA president noted.
Mr Agyeman revealed that GIBA has been engaging the NCA and have made it clear that they have serious issues with people not going through the right procedures and acquiring the needed authorisation to operate.
“We welcome the initiative by NCA. We are saying this should have been done long ago and we don’t want it to be a nine-day wonder we want them to go to the full length to ensure that illegality is not promoted. If people don’t have the authorisation and they are on the platform they should be taken off.”
GIBA, he noted, will only stand with members who follow the right procedures and have genuine issues with their frequencies and authorisations.
Meanwhile,Richmond Keelson, a spokesperson for Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom who owns ATV has explained that it has regularised its processes with the NCA and expects the channel to be back on air by midday.
General Manager for OB TV Owusu Asare also explained that it has since December 2014, been engaging the NCA to finalise its permit to broadcast.
The process the NCA’s Edmund Fianko confirmed, is at an advanced stage. He said there are some outstanding conditions to be met before the channel can operate.