Media stakeholders wade in, resolve NBC/DAAR faceoff

52 total views, 2 views today

Nigerian media stakeholders have resolved the lingering feud between DAAR Communications Plc., owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM, and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Concerned about the suspension of the broadcast license of DAAR Communications Plc. by the NBC, the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation ( NPO ) comprising of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria ( BON ), The Nigerian Guild of Editors ( NGE) and The Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ), convened a meeting last Sunday of all parties to resolve the issues in the national interest.

According to a statement by Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY / ARISE Group who is also President of NPO, the meeting was attended by elders and patrons of NPO, including Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua and Uncle Sam Amuka. Also in attendance were Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu – Director General & CEO, NBC; the following people from DAAR Communications Plc: Raymond Dokpesi, Founder and Chairman Emeritus; Raymond Dokpesi, Jnr, Chairman of the Board; Tony Akiotu, GMD; Donatus Anopuo, Company Secretary; Tosin Dokpesi , MD, AIT, and Nduka Obaigbena, President and NPAN and NPO.

At the meeting, it was said that the NBC restated its commitments to freedom of expression and the constitutionally guaranteed role of the media under sections 22 and 39 to hold governments accountable, which states, amongst others, that the press, radio, television and other agencies of mass media are to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in the 1999 constitution and ensure the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people.

The NBC also raised concerns about the non-adherence of the DAAR Communications group (AIT/Ray Power) to the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, despite repeated interactions on same. The regulator cited lack of editorial balance by DAAR Communications … Read More...