The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Agyapong has kicked against the decision by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to reclassify frequency modulation (FM) radio stations in the country.
According to the outspoken lawmaker, the 45-kilometre radius for radio stations is not sufficient and may cripple businesses and therefore should be reviewed immediately.
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“I must commend the NCA for a good work done but it’s important that they review the radius. I think the 45 kilometres for radio stations is too small. I will plead with them to open it, else they would be multiple stations and that may collapse businesses too” he cried.
The new policy is aimed at reducing the present maximum coverage area of FM radio stations operating in the country from 100 kilometres radius to 45 kilometres.
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However, GIBA members say the reclassification will cripple their businesses, as it will reduce their coverage and audience.
The NCA’s position is that the re-classification of the frequencies will allow each station to operate within specified limits to avoid the disruption of transmissions and also enable the authority to give new frequencies to new areas that need them.
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But Mr Agyapong on Adom TV’s morning show, Badwam Tuesday, opined that the reclassification will reduce the coverage and audience of radio stations in the country.
He said the directive could affect the number of people commercial radio stations could employ.