Court orders NCA to suspend sanctions against radio stations

| Updated Dec 05, 2017 at 11:11am



The E-Communications tribunal has ordered the National Communications Authority, NCA, to suspend the sanctions against some radio stations accused of violating the Communications Act.

The NCA in September sanctioned 131 radio stations for violating certain aspects of the Electronic Communications Act (2009), Act 775.

Thirty-four of the radio stations had their licences revoked because their authorisations had expired and they were operating illegally. Twenty-one other broadcasting stations also had their licences revoked completely since their authorisation had expired over several years.

Furthermore, 13 FM authorisation holders were issued with reprieves as pertains to their licences. But the Tribunal yesterday ordered that, pending the final determination of the case that had been brought before it by the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) seeking redress for the affected stations, the NCA must not apply the penalties imposed on the defaulting stations.

The Association had earlier described the sanctions imposed on the stations as ‘harsh’, adding that the heavy sanctions could “affect the morale of others in doing legitimate business knowing the unpredictable terrain of business in Ghana.