The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and DAAR Communications Plc (owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM) have resolve their differences.
At a meeting held on Sunday which had in attendance ,representatives of the leadership of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO); Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), the two parties resolved to shield their swords.
Resolutions at the meeting, as conveyed in a statement by President, NPO, Nduka Obaigbena, included a mandate to DAAR Communications Plc to withdraw its case in court, against the NBC
Obaigbena said, “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 NBC then cited lack of editorial balance by DAAR Communications as well as the lingering issue of non-payment of national network license fees by DAAR Communications.”
“DAAR Communications Plc. will work out a new realistic payment plan with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and ensure prompt payments in accordance with the new plan.
“DAAR Communications Plc. will appoint an Ombudsman to ensure balance in its news coverage especially political commentary; it will also take full editorial responsibility for the use of content sourced from social media outlets;
“The NBC will immediately lift the suspension of the broadcast license of DAAR Communications Plc and DAAR Communications Plc. will withdraw its case in court, against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).