National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, has commended the Governing Board of the National Communications Authority (NCA) for facilitating the approval of licenses for 133 radio stations.
Mr. George said the Board had shown good faith by swiftly approving the license in less than three weeks of being constituted.
“There have been a number of hurdles, but we can only express our profound gratitude to the new board, led by its Chairman, Isaac Osei Bonsu, for working with the roadmap that they came to meet.”
The stations, including Accra-based Radio Gold, Atlantis Radio, and Radio XYZ, were fined or had their licenses revoked by the National Communications Authority (NCA) following a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit in 2017.
Radio XYZ was fined GH¢ 4,090,000, Atinka FM GH¢ 14,800,000, while Radio Gold and Atlantis Radio picked up the heftiest fines with GH¢ 61,330,000 and GH¢ 60, 350,000 respectively.
Radio Gold, for example, was at the time accused of operating with a license that expired in the year 2000.
Mr. George also extended his appreciation to legislators in Parliament who were instrumental in ensuring that the licenses of the affected radio stations were approved.
The NCA has said the approval is “subject to the applicants attending a sensitisation workshop on the terms and conditions of FM radio broadcasting authorisations.”