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Radio Gold founder Baffoe-Bonnie dead

Information reaching Otecnews desk indicates that the Former General Manager of Radio Gold, Mr Baffoe Bonnie has passed on.

Cause of his death is still unknown. Radio Gold was one of the best radio stations way back in the 80’s and 90’s as it was enjoyed by most of the old folks for how it mostly uses the native language on their radio.

The opposition-aligned station was controversially shut down by the Akufo-Addo government in May 2019 over nonpayment of regulatory charges.

Background (Radio Gold closure)

The National Communications Authority (NCA) explained it shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ  because they failed to comply with the ruling of the Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT).

According to the NCA, the “Radio stations operating without valid authorisations as determined by the 2017 FM Broadcasting Audit are being shut down with immediate effect as enforcement action in view of the decision of the Electronic Communications Tribunal.”

In a statement, it said “Following the FM Spectrum Audit in 2017, some stations were found to be in default and were fined by the Authority. However, some of the stations in default were not satisfied and proceeded to the various courts; Electronic Communications Tribunal (ECT) and the High Court to appeal against the NCA’s decision.

“This resulted in a decision by the ECT in 2018 which reviewed the status of expired FM Radio Broadcasting Authorisations and which ruled among others that Companies whose authorisations had expired reverted to the same position as a fresh applicant. While some stations shut down following this decision, others did not.”

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com

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