The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has mocked the head pastor and founder of the International God’s Way Church, ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim after his TV station OB TV was shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA).
On his twitter handle, the High Commissioner said, “Oh no – Obinim’s TV channel has been taken down? Maybe he can reappear in animal form on discovery channel?.”
The National Communication Authority (NCA) has explained that it took off nine TV channel on the K-Net platform because they violated Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775.
The act says “a person shall not operate a broadcasting system or provide a broadcasting service without a frequency authorisation by the Authority [NCA]”.
A nine channels that were taken off air on Wednesday are OB TV, ATV, Clive TV, ECN, Zoe TV, BTA, Care TV, Kessben TV, and Elijah TV.
A statement by the NCA said as per the provisions of the law any person or entity seeking to operate a system for the provision of broadcasting services has to obtain an authorisation from the Authority.
“Multimedia Broadcasting Limited has an authorisation to provide Free to Air Satellite Television services, branded Multi TV.
“However, the NCA observed that over a period of time a number of TV stations were operating over satellite in Ghana in the Ku Band frequency (12522MHz on the Astra 2F satellite) without authorisation from the Authority. The NCA consequently directed that these stations be taken off the satellite.”