Broadcast Regulation

NBC And AIT Resolve Differences Following Intervention By Nigeria’s ‘Media Elders’ -Reports

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and DAAR Communications Plc., the owners of Ray Power FM and Africa Independent Television (AIT), have reportedly resolved their differences.

Nduka Obaigbena, the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), disclosed this in a statement yesterday saying that the issues were resolved at a meeting that was convened for all parties.

Obaigbena stated that following the suspension of the Broadcast License of DAAR Communications Plc. by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO) made up of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) convened a meeting of all parties involved to resolve their issues for the sake of national interest.

The meeting was hosted at 8 PM, on Sunday 9th of June, 2019, by the elders and patrons of NPO, Uncle Sam Amuka and Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.

At the meeting, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) stated their commitment to freedom of expression in the media and the constitutionally guaranteed role of the press to hold the Nigerian government accountable.

The NBC, however, also raised its concerns about the non-adherence of the DAAR Communications group (AIT/Ray Power) to Nigeria’s Broadcasting Code, despite being repeatedly called to order.

DAAR Communications Plc. defended its position by saying that it gives its team freedom to make commentary on issues of the day based the Nigerian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of expression without interference.

After extensive dialogue, the matter was resolved and DAAR Communications Plc. agreed to work out a new payment plan with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and ensure consistent payments in accordance with the new plan.

DAAR Communications Plc. also said that it would appoint an Ombudsman to ensure that there is a balance in its news coverage, especially in the political commentary.

Following those agreements, the NBC immediately lifted the suspension of the broadcast license of DAAR Communications Plc. and the media group said that it would withdraw its court case against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).


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