Broadcast Regulation

Nigeria: NBC Calls Out Daar Communications For Breach Of Due Process

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola (North Eastern Nigeria) until Daar Communications Plc has obtained statutory approvals from NBC.

The broadcasting regulatory body in Nigeria reported that the commission gave the order after it observed that the station went ahead with test transmission despite notification from the NBC of the need to obtain the necessary approvals as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

The Commission noted that it is regrettable that Daar Communications, as an old licensee of the Commission, failed to adhere to due processes and went ahead with the test transmission on Sunday, April 22, 2018, without clearance from the NBC.

To clear any form of doubt, the Commission at this moment brought to the attention of all, the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code: ‘’Section 12.14.4.6 states that: “In all cases, a representative of the Commission shall be required for the testing to be conducted on new transmitting equipment.”

NBC called on all broadcasters to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

DAAR Communications plc is a private broadcasting organisation in Nigeria. It was established on August 31, 1998, by businessman Raymond Dokpesi. Daar Communications brought about the first privately owned radio station in Nigeria, Ray Power 100.5FM. It pioneered Africa Independent Television (AIT), Ray power 100.5 FM Abuja and Raypower 100.5 FM.[2]
and on April 23, 2007, it was converted into a public liability company.


 





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