Communications Ministry reviews sanctions imposed on 131 FM Stations

| Updated Oct 21, 2017 at 5:04pm


Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu


The Ministry of Communications in consultation with the National Communications Authority, NCA, has offered some relief for the FM Stations which were sanctioned for committing various infractions.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Communications says the penalties which were imposed on the affected stations have been waived.

In addition to this, the stations are to regularise their operations, pay their outstanding indebtedness that is their Annual Regulatory and Spectrum fees and submit renewal applications and all outstanding documentation as applicable within 30 days from Friday, October 20.

It says failure to do so will result in the revocation of their authorisations.

It notes that the stations in this category have the option to petition the Minister of Communications for a review of the revocation of their Authorisation within 10 days from Friday.

After the receipt of their petitions, they will be reviewed on a case by case basis, after which the Minister will determine the applicable sanctions.

The statement said defaulting commercial FM stations that were fined by the NCA have also had their fines reduced by 50 percent.

They have 30 days from Friday, 20th October to pay the 50 percent reduced penalties or have their authorisations revoked.

It is the expectation of the Ministry of Communications and the NCA that all defaulting FM stations will take advantage of this opportunity and ensure compliance within the shortest possible time.