NCA Ghana to shut down 49 illegally operating TV stations

The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has begun an operation to shut down 49 TV stations for operating without authorization – a move that has gained momentum in the aftermath of Nana Agradaa’s arrest.

It is part of a continuous monitoring exercise conducted on various Satellite Free-to-Air Television platforms using the Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) and the Radio Spectrum Monitoring System, according to the Ghana government agency (RSMS).

They further state that the monitoring revealed that some channels were operating without valid Authorisations, contrary to Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 775 of 2008, which states that, ‘Except as provided by this Act or any other law not inconsistent with this Act, a person shall not operate. A broadcasting system or provide a broadcasting service without a frequency Authorisation by the Authority’.

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As a result, forty-nine (49) channels have been identified to be operating without valid Authorisations from the Authority and is being shut down accordingly.

Below is the list of TV stations that have been identified to be in violations and are due to be shut down:

Patricia Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa, the popular fetish priestess and owner of satellite television channel Thunder TV, was arrested after the station was discovered to be operating illegally.

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, a joint team of Police and National Security Intelligence Operatives, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority, raided the premises of the satellite television stations Thunder TV and Ice1 TV in Kasoa, Central Region, for illegally transmitting without licenses.

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, confirmed the arrest of the popular television fetish priestess in a Facebook post.

In TV channel broadcasts, the popular self-styled priestess claims to be able to double money.

The Minister said Nana Agradaa has admitted to “this illegality and is currently in custody assisting with further investigations”.