The National Communication Authority, NCA has taken off the screens Obinim TV (OB TV) channel owned by controversial ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim.
A source at the NCA described the channels as ‘pirate channels’ explaining they operated without a licence.
At least five other channels were also taken down. They are Kessben TV, Angel TV, Care TV, and Capital TV.
ATV which is owned by businessman and former presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom was also affected.
The taken down is with immediate effect. Most of these TV’s are mainly on the KNET platform. Checks on digital TVs show the ‘scrambled channel’ or ‘error loading stream.Not found on server’.
According to a statement from the NCA, some of the channels “did not meet the basic requirement to operate, and above all most didn’t even have the license to operate while some were not regulated to operate.”
A second wave of take-downs is to be expected, the NCA statement suggested. It said active channels which fail to meet operational requirement are expected to go off.
Most of them are Christian channels, the statement noted. The introduction of digital TV channels has opened up space for several churches to reach thousands at home.
There has been an aggressive marketing of miracle services as pastors try to project their ministries as a one-stop shop for life’s problems from financial troubles to marriage.
Prominent in digital TV era is the head pastor and founder of the International God’s Way Church, ‘Bishop’ Daniel Obinim.