Management of Kentcity Media Limited, owners of Madina-based Oman 107.1 FM in Accra, has formally petitioned the National Communication Authority and the National Media Commission over what it describes as “serious interference” with the station’s transmissions.
The management says the station has experienced signal interference for the third time in less than four months with the latest occurrence persisting for more than ten days.
According to the petition, which was also copied to the Advertiser’s Association and the Ghana Institute of Marketing, the situation has affected Oman FM’s fortunes as a commercial radio station in terms of both listenership and commercial flow in a highly competitive industry.
Read the petition below:
11th February 2013 Mr. PaaRock Van Percy Director – General National Communication Authority Accra
H. E. Kabral Blay – Amihere Chairman National Media Commission
Chief Crystal Djirackor President Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association
Interferences on OMAN FM We wish to once again bring to your attention, that for the third time in less than four months Oman Fm is experiencing serious interferences in our transmission.
The problem, which, has persisted for more than ten (10) days this time, has made it impossible for the station to be heard in parts of Spintex Road, East Legon, Airport Residential Area, Ridge, Cantonments, Labone, Asylum Down, Circle, Abeka – Lapaz, Dansoman, Dzorwulu, Teshie, Kaneshie and many other places.
We have conducted several investigations and our conclusion is that, some special equipment has been installed at certain strategic locations that are being used to jam Oman FM transmission.
In order to be very sure that the interference was on our main frequency 107.1, we by – passed our STL Link between Madina and Ahwerease where our transmitter is located, by installing a transmitter at Madina and transmitting it right from here. We got the same result of break in transmission in all the areas listed.
Sir, this has really affected our fortunes as a commercial Radio Station in terms of listenership and commercial flow, especially in an industry which is very competitive.
It appears to us that there is a consistent and sustained effort by some faceless individuals to collapse Oman Fm and some of its affiliate through this illegal act.
We humbly appeal to you to use your good offices; first in your capacity as the regulatory body of National Communication airwaves and second; in the promotion of true democracy; to investigate and put a stop to it once and for all.
Stella Wilson - Agyapong Chief Executive Officer
cc: All Media Stakeholders Ghana Advertiser’s Association Ghana Institute of Marketing