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    Mixed Reactions Greet Ghana’s move to close down 49 TV Stations


     

    Mixed reactions have greeted Government’s decision to close down some television stations in Ghana.

    Communications and Digitalization Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, announced on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, that the National Communications Authority (NCA) will be closing down 49 television stations.

    She made the announcement in a post on her official Facebook page.

    But Ghanaians have taken to the comment section under her post to express their opinions about the move to close down the stations.

    For some, the decision is in the right direction and long overdue.

    “God bless Ministry of Communication and NCA. This will help reduce the deception and money doubling nonsense we see on our TVs,” one Anase Junior commented.

    However, others feel the move is reactionary on the part of Government. Others feel the closure of stations will lead to job loses and economic hardship.

    “Is that the best and only alternative, unemployment rise and increase in social vices on my mind, just asking as a citizen anyway, let’s pray,” Patrick Siaw wrote.

    The crackdowns on television station by the Ghana is to prevent the airing of what the Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah called “unethical content”. Government in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, Ghana Journalists Association, National Media Commission, the Bank of Ghana, is setting up a multi-stakeholders Committee to monitor the broadcasting landscape in Ghana.

    The Committee as African Entertainment earlier reported, is to recommend for the withdrawal, suspension or closure of any television or radio station that airs unethical content.

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