The National Communications Authority (NCA) has finally embarked on an exercise to close down 49 Television (TV) stations for operating without license.
In a press release, the NCA said the exercise is continuous operation conducted on various Satellite Free-to-Air Television platforms using the Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) and the Radio Spectrum Monitoring System (RSMS).
“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’,” the release said.
“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”.
“The NCA will continue monitoring to ensure that the use of spectrum is done in an efficient manner,” the release said.