AIT back on Air as court ordered NBC to restore license

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The proscribed African Independent Television, AIT came back on air Friday night following earlier order by a Federal High Court in Abuja that Daar Communications Plc., owners of AIT and Raypower Radio should be re-opened.

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC Thursday revoked the operating license of Daar Commission for alleged failure of its media outfits to abide by the Commission’s directives as they have violated the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

Both AIT and Ray Power radio went off air after the NBC action but after the court order, the television station particularly was restored on DStv.

At the Federal High Court, Daar Communication Plc, represented by its founder, Raymond Dokpesi in an ex-parte motion which had the Federal Ministry of Information and the Attorney General of the Federation as defendants prayed the court to order the maintenance of status quo ante bellum as at 30th May this year, pending the hearing and determination of its suit challenging the closure of its broadcast stations.

The company also prayed the court to restrain the defendants from blocking and/or interfering with the air waves of Daar Communication Plc in any way and manner howsoever, in its broadcast and airing of news, views, documentaries, or any other legitimate broadcast material that is usually associated with television, radio or social media broadcast pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with the ex-parte application.

The plaintiff also prayed the court to restrain the defendants from invading or closing down the premises of Daar Communication, its operations or broadcast services, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.

Alternatively, the plaintiff prayed for an order for … Read More...

Court orders reopening of AIT, Ray power

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the re-opening of Daar Communications Plc., owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower Radio.

The broadcasting house was shut down by the NBC on Thursday evening, suspending the licence until further notice.

Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, who announced the shutdown said the action was taken for failure of the TV and radio stations to abide by the broadcasting code and non-payment of renewal fee.

Daar Communication Plc, represented by its founder, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in an ex-parte motion which had the Federal Ministry of Information and the Attorney General of the Federation as defendants, prayed the court to order the maintenance of status quo ante bellum as at 30th May, this year, pending the hearing and determination of its suit challenging the closure of its broadcast stations.

The company also prayed the court to restrain the defendants from blocking and/or interfering with the air waves of Daar Communication Plc in any way and manner howsoever, in its broadcast and airing of news, views, documentaries, or any other legitimate broadcast material that is usually associated with television, radio or social media broadcast pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with the ex-parte application.

The plaintiff also prayed the court to restrain the defendants from invading or closing down the premises of Daar Communication, its operations or broadcast services, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.

Alternatively, the plaintiff prayed for an order for maintenance of status quo ante bellum, as at May 30, 2019, pending the hearing and final determination of the Motion on Notice filed along with the ex-parte application.

But the trial Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his ruling, after … Read More...