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Radio in Accra: A confluence of National and Traditional Representations.
Unformatted Document Text:  Radio in Accra 5 the airwaves, and started issuing licenses and radio frequencies to private broadcasters. Since then private radio broadcasting, most of which are commercial FM (Frequency Modulation) stations, have been operating in Ghana. This initiative by the Ghana government was further consolidated by the enactment of the National Communications Authority Act (NCAA) of 1996, and the repeal of the Telecommunications (Frequency Registration and Control) Decree of 1977, which was enacted by the S.M.C. (Supreme Military Council). The repealed decree was restrictive in the sense that it limited participation in the media business. Section 3, Title 2 (The objects of the Authority) of the 1996 NCA Act stipulated among other provisions that the Authority will; (b) ensure that communications systems operators achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of communications services and are responsive to consumers; (c) promote fair competition among persons engaged in the provision of communications services, (f) facilitate the availability of quality equipment to consumers and operators (g) promote research into and the development of technologies and use of new techniques by the providers of communications services and to develop adequate human resources in collaboration with such other government departments and agencies as the authority considers appropriate (National Communications Authority Act, 1996, p.4). Although it is not palpably stated in this section, the Act indicated the necessity of the Ghana government initiative to allow the private participation in all aspects of the communications industry. There was every indication that the media industry was invigorated, and media practitioners felt free from restrain. This got manifested in the springing up of many broadcasting stations and new forms of representations and programming, in the radio industry. Today there are over twenty-five FM radio stations and numerous community radio stations in Ghana, compared to the three national

Authors: Boateng, Kwasi.
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Radio in Accra 5
the airwaves, and started issuing licenses and radio frequencies to private broadcasters. Since
then private radio broadcasting, most of which are commercial FM (Frequency Modulation)
stations, have been operating in Ghana. This initiative by the Ghana government was further
consolidated by the enactment of the National Communications Authority Act (NCAA) of 1996,
and the repeal of the Telecommunications (Frequency Registration and Control) Decree of 1977,
which was enacted by the S.M.C. (Supreme Military Council). The repealed decree was
restrictive in the sense that it limited participation in the media business.
Section 3, Title 2 (The objects of the Authority) of the 1996 NCA Act stipulated among
other provisions that the Authority will; (b) ensure that communications systems operators
achieve the highest level of efficiency in the provision of communications services and are
responsive to consumers; (c) promote fair competition among persons engaged in the provision
of communications services, (f) facilitate the availability of quality equipment to consumers and
operators (g) promote research into and the development of technologies and use of new
techniques by the providers of communications services and to develop adequate human
resources in collaboration with such other government departments and agencies as the authority
considers appropriate (National Communications Authority Act, 1996, p.4). Although it is not
palpably stated in this section, the Act indicated the necessity of the Ghana government initiative
to allow the private participation in all aspects of the communications industry. There was every
indication that the media industry was invigorated, and media practitioners felt free from restrain.
This got manifested in the springing up of many broadcasting stations and new forms of
representations and programming, in the radio industry. Today there are over twenty-five FM
radio stations and numerous community radio stations in Ghana, compared to the three national


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