The Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr. Joe Anokye, has revealed that the Authority has put in place measures and systems to effectively monitor compliance with the technical conditions of the broadcast authorisation.
He said in 2021, there was widespread public concern about the negative repercussions of ritualist content on television channels that entertained spiritualists.
He said such acts provide advertisements that misled a large section of the public.
Mr. Anokye said there were calls for the regulatory institutions with oversight over electronic media to intervene.
As a result, the NCA and the NMC signed a memorandum of cooperation on June 15, 2021, to regulate broadcast content in line with the provisions of section 3(c) of the NCA Act 2008, Act 789.
In 2021, “there was widespread public concern about the negative repercussions of the ritualist contents of television stations that entertain spiritualists as well as charlatanic advertisements which mislead a large section of the public”.
“There were calls on the regulatory institutions with oversight over the electronic media, i.e the National Media Commission (NMC) and the NCA, to take appropriate action to deal with the issues”.
Mr Anokye was elated that “the NCA responded by establishing the Broadcasting Monitoring Centre to provide the required technical support for the objectives of the Memorandum of Corporation” to deal with the emerging problems.
He was speaking at the commissioning of an advanced state-of-the-art surveillance centre to crack down on unlawful broadcasting activities in Ghana.
The high-tech centre is expected to sanitise the radio and television broadcast sectors, dominated by illegal trends and harmful broadcasts influencing crime.