NATIONAL MEDIA Commission (NMC) and National Communications Authority (NCA) have threatened to sanction any media house that uses its medium to foment trouble in the country.
The two media regulatory bodies issued the warning when they released joint monitoring report on the 15 media houses which were using their medium for people to foment trouble in the country.
Many of the complaints were against the following stations:Asomafo TV (19),
Adwenpa TV (19), Eagle TV (18), Best TV (16)
Energy TV (16), Diamond TV (15),X TV (15),
Asomdwie TV (14),Funny TV (14),Advice TV (14), Big TV (11),Passion TV (11), Nkabom TV (11), Seekers TV (10) and Elephant TV (10).
"For the stations listed above, we hereby serve them notice to cease and desist from those activities otherwise there will be severe consequences," the NMC and NCA warned.
In joined statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the NMC, Mr George Sarpong, it noted that "As part of our collaboration to improve the quality of broadcasting in Ghana, the National Media Commission and the National Communications Authority launched a joint project on October 31, 2023, to identify and address deficits in broadcast content.
According to the statement, using a community standards approach, the project democratizes the involvement of citizens by highlighting their voice in regulatory interventions.
Through the toll-free number 0800-419-666, citizens are empowered to call into a monitoring Centre to make their voices heard on the performance of broadcasting stations especially in relation to content they consider unacceptable by the standards of media ethics, Ghanaian culture, traditions and norms.
It said Our half-month report shows the public had concerns about 318 incidents on television made up 224 money doubling incidents; 83 money rituals; 24 fake lotteries; 18 occultic practices 13 incidents of pornography.
The statement said the rest of the complaints related to fake loan schemes and people seeking to use fraudulent means to extract money from others.
In addition to the above complaints from citizens, the Commission’s own professional assessment revealed two dangerous broadcasts with implications for national cohesion that demanded immediate regulatory intervention.
"While one of them involving Power FM has been resolved, the other, involving Onua TV/Radio remains outstanding.
"The Commission will announce it’s decision on that matter soon. We shall also brief the public on our decision on the TV stations listed above.
"We commend the leadership and staff of the National Communications Authority for their unwavering cooperation in this project. It is their productive investment that has made this possible.
"We also commend the Ghana Journalists’ Association; the Ghana Independent Broadcasters’ Association and civil society especially the Media Foundation for West Africa for their support," the statement said.
The two in the statement commended the active citizens who demonstrated their commitment to quality broadcasting by taking time to make the recorded complaints.
It encouraged all citizens to join hands in uplifting the quality of broadcasting in Ghana.
"For the stations listed above, we hereby serve them notice to cease and desist from those activities otherwise there will be severe consequences," the statement warned.