Agogo, Ashanti Region – Salt FM, a prominent radio station based in Agogo, has transitioned its operations online following the disconnection of its equipment by the National Communications Authority (NCA). The NCA's action, prompted by the station's failure to renew its authorization license, has led to a shift in Salt FM's broadcasting strategy.
In response to the shutdown, Salt FM has initiated the streaming of its programs on Facebook while awaiting further directives from the NCA. Correspondent Nana Boakye Yiadom reported on JoyFM's Midday News that the station's management was initially unavailable during the shutdown on Tuesday. However, on Wednesday, management engaged in a meeting with the NCA to address the issue and discuss a way forward. The outcome of this meeting remains undisclosed as of now.
The NCA visited Salt FM on Tuesday, February 6, demanding a complete shutdown due to the station's failure to renew its authorization license. This enforcement led to frustration among some Agogo residents, culminating in a demonstration opposing the closure.
Speculations surrounding the closure suggest a potential link to Mr Ohene Kwame Frimpong‘s intention to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming general elections. Some residents suspect political motives, citing a recent walk organized by Mr Frimpong, which drew substantial participation.
Allegations have also emerged, suggesting that a member of the ruling government, purportedly establishing a rival radio station, may have influenced the NCA's decision.
The closure has prompted protests in Agogo, with residents taking to the streets in opposition. Meanwhile, Hon. Lawyer Andy Appiah Kubi, a Member of Parliament for Asante Akim North, has vehemently denied any involvement in the shutdown. In a news release, he stated, “I have not met or spoken with any NCA official about the closure of Salt FM,” expressing surprise at the accusations and emphasizing his positive relationship with the station's owner, Charles Ohene Kwame Frimpong.
The MP acknowledged the demonstration against the NCA, himself, and the NPP government, expressing concern about potential political motivations by some opponents in Asante Akim North. Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi pledged support for Salt FM's return to the airwaves, emphasizing his commitment to preserving positive relationships amid the closure.
The news release was signed by Derrick Yaw Amoah, the Personal Assistant to Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi, who can be contacted at 0246804059.