Friday, 7 June 2019

Why NBC Suspended DAAR Communications Operation License

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Thursday suspended the operating license of the Daar Communications PLC, operator of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power 100.5 FM (in Abuja and Lagos).

According to the commission, reasons for the suspension included alleged inability to pay the license renewal fees, hate speeches, as well as using and allowing the station to be used for selfish political ends.

The Director-General of NBC, Malam Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu while addressing the media on Thursday in Abuja said on June 6 AIT and Raypower embarked on use of inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts, and media propaganda against the government and the NBC for performing its statutory functions of regulating the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

Kawu said: “In their relationship with the NBC, Daar communications carry on as if it is beyond the regulatory direction of the commission.

The decision of the commission to suspend the media conglomerate has continued to generate mixed reactions amongst Nigerians.

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