Following the official announcement that approval has been granted for the issuance of licenses to some FM radio stations to begin operation, Legislator for Ningo-Prampram Sam Nartey George has appreciated the efforts of the Communications Committee members Madam Ursula Owusu, Kennedy Agyapong, A.B.A Fuseini and the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrissu for being able to get the clearance for the closed FM radio stations to operate again.
Sam George on the re-opening of the stations said “This is welcoming news, we are grateful to the new board of the NCA for carrying through what has been four years of agony for the owners of the radio stations and their staff.
He then revealed how the Parliamentary select committee intervened in this matter and the several engagements they have had with the Ministry, management of the NCA, the management of the radio stations. And indicated that for him, it is a happy day because it brings to an end a long battle.
A delighted Sam George further expressed his gratitude saying “I will say a very big thank you to former chair of the Committee Hon Ken Agyapong, Honourable Opare Ansah, my Ranking member ABA Fuseini, former Board Chair of the NCA Kwaku Sakyi Addo, the current board chair Mr Isaac Osei Bonsu, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu and certainly the Minister for Communications for working along with us. We have had our disputes, we have had our arguments, heated debate on the floor of Parliament.
“The bottom line is that the independent of the media has triumph today.”
The Governing Board of Ghana’s Communications regulator, the National Communications Authority has finally approved and granted a total of One Hundred and Thirty-Three (133) FM radio broadcasting authorizations with Radio Gold and XYZ inclusive and new applications from entities whose FM radio stations were closed down after the 2017 FM Audit as well as existing stations which applied for renewal of their expired FM Radio broadcasting authorizations.
This approval was done at a Board meeting held on October 11, 2021.
A statement issued by the NCA on Tuesday, October 12, explained that this approval from the Board is subject to the applicants attending a sensitisation workshop on the terms and conditions of FM radio broadcasting authorizations.