Radio Gold reacts to NCA’s closure of the station

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Network Broadcasting Company Limited, the operators of Accra-based Radio Gold, has responded to the shut down of the station by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

The NCA on Thursday, May 9, 2019 stormed the premises of the station in the afternoon to shut it down for failing to renew its operating license, which the NCA says expired in 19years ago in 2000.

9th MAY 2019 PRESS STATEMENT:

RESPONSE TO THE CLOSURE OF RADIO GOLD BY THE NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY

In view of the closure of Radio Gold by officials of the National Communications Authority (NCA) in the company of armed policemen on Thursday, 9th May 2019, the management of Network Broadcasting Company Ltd, operators of the station wishes to respond as follows:

a) That at all material times, Radio Gold has been in touch with the NCA through our lawyers on the matter in issue.

b) That we have made numerous attempts to submit the required documentation to the NCA for the purposes of renewing the frequency authorisation, which documentation was inexplicably rejected by the NCA.

c) That the unexplained rejection of our documentation by the NCA considerably stalled the renewal process, our best efforts notwithstanding.

d) That we had hoped that any action of the sort undertaken by the NCA on Thursday would have been preceded with prior and adequate notification.

e) That it is regrettable that Radio Gold was shut down by the NCA at a time the station was providing intermittent live coverage of the press conference by the Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at its headquarters.

f) That the closure of Radio Gold is high-handed and runs contrary to the spirit of engagement that has existed between the NCA and the station.

g) That the above notwithstanding, our legal representatives will continue to engage the NCA with the view to resolving the matter in issue to ensure a quick resumption of our normal programming.

JAMES AGYENIM-BOATENG

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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