NCA cracks the whip – Montie Fm shut down; Radio Gold others to follow

Ghana’s media regulatory body, National Communication Authority (NCA) has shut down Accra-based Montie Fm which been critical of the current government over unpaid license fees.

Its partner station, Radio Gold has however been issued an ultimatum to settle its huge indebtedness to the NCA or suffer the same fate at the expiration of the period given.

Sources from the NCA reveal that several other stations throughout the country are likely to also be closed down for failing to renew their license despite an ultimatum issued by the regulator.

The NCA issued a letter on September 27, 2017 saying it had revoked the license of the private station Montie FM in Laterbiokorshie, a suburb in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Montie FM is a subsidiary of Network broadcasting limited, the owners of Radio Gold and TV Gold all situated in Laterbiokorshie.

Deep-throat sources at the commission say, Radio Gold is next to be closed down if they fail to redeem themselves before the expiration of our ultimatum. While Montie FM’s license was immediately revoked, Radio Gold was asked to pay a huge sum as penalty by end of next month or face similar fate.

The station went off the air about 3:30pm on Wednesday September 27, 2017 while Pampamso was in full swing dissecting the arrest of Frank Appiah, otherwise known as Appiah Stadium, an avowed supporter of former President John Dramani Mahama for insulting His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The live broadcast was interrupted when one of the six Lawyers for Appiah Stadium, Edudzi Tamakloe took his turn via phone to update listeners on the latest development as far as the arrest and bail of Appiah Stadium was concerned, but before he could finish explaining himself, the host, Samuel Huntor pleaded with him to hold on for a technical hitch, only to return to announce to the public that they are unable to transmit via 100.1 frequency modulation.

Authorities accused the station of violating a part of the Ghana’s Broadcasting Code that prohibits the station from broadcasting and thus revoke their license.

Sources at the NCA say the station has refused to renew its license as required by law hence the decision to take them off air without notice.