The National Communications Authority (NCA) has taken about nine TV channels off air for breach of Electronic Communications act. The interesting part of the issue is that the very popular Obinim TV (OB TV) owned by Bishop Daniel Obinim was also yanked off by the NCA. The other TV channels include Kessben TV, Clive TV, ECN, Zoe TV, BTA, ATV, Care TV, and Elijah TV .
According to the NCA, the aforementioned channels breached the guidelines under Section 2(4) of the Electronic Communications Act, 2008, Act 775 and used a third party satellite infrastructure provider to broadcast their programs via satellite. Hence, they neither met the basic requirements nor obtained license to operate.
However some TV channels are still active, but are expected to go off soon if they too do not meet the requirements to operate. The NCA, said in a statement that these TV channels were notified last year and given a grace period to legalize their operations but failed to do so. The agency has described them as pirate channels.
ATV which is owned by businessman and former presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom was also affected. Most of these TV’s are mainly on the KNET platform (KNET is a company licensed to provide public internet data services using terrestrial networks and satellite).
According to reports, most of them are Christian channels. Prominent in digital TV era is the founder of the International God’s Way Church, ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim whom many have jeered for being included in the pirated channels.
The British High Commissioner like others did not hesitate to make fun of Obinim’s current mishap. He immediately took to twitter to mock the controversial pastor over his TV closure.
”Oh no – Obinim’s TV channel has been taken down? Maybe he can reappear in animal form on discovery channel?.” he posted on twitter
Videos of Obinim’s sermons and miracle services are popular on social media where he has been severely criticized for such acts which most see as obnoxious.