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National Broadcasting Commission, AIT/RayPower Settle Rift

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Following a meeting of media stakeholders, the National Broadcasting Commission has agreed to fully suspend the revocation of the broadcast licence of DAAR Communications.

The decision was reached at a meeting in Abuja.

In a statement released after the meeting, Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY/ARISE Group, who is also the president of Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), said the NBC was concerned with the non-censoring of contents being used on Africa Independent Television and RayPower while adding that the channel refused to adhere to repeated warnings.

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.”

Responding to the allegations by the NBC, DAAR Communications Plc. defended its position saying, “it gives its team freedom to make editorial commentary on issues of the day relying on Section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of Expression, freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas without interference.”

At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to bury the hatchet and focus on professional practice guided by ethics and guidelines of the profession.

Obaigbena noted, “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).”

The meeting had in attendance Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, Director General & CEO, NBC; High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, DAAR Communications Plc; Raymond Dokpesi, jnr, Chairman of the Board, DAAR Communications PLC.

Others at the meeting were Mr. Tony Akiotu, GMD, DAAR Communications Plc; Mrs Tosin Dokpesi , MD, AIT; Barrister Donatus Anopuo – Company Secretary DAAR Communications PLC; Uncle Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Group; Mallam Ismaila Isa, Patron NPAN and Nduka Obaigbena, President NPAN and President NPO.

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BBNaija: 2face Idibia, Larry Gaga pay housemates surprise visit [PHOTO]

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, top 10 housemates on Thursday night received important guests in the house.

This time around they were surprised by 2face Idibia, Larry Gaga, 2face’s manager who paid a visit to them in the house.

The housemates screamed and leaped in excitement as they welcomed 2face Idibia and the other visitors into the house.

DAILY POST recalls that award winning Nigerian dancer, Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, popularly known as Kaffy has also paid a surprise visit to Big Brother Naija housemates.

Kaffy was the second set of Nigerian celebrities to visit the housemates.

Weeks ago, Super Eagles stars, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo stormed BBNaija, House.

The stars were received by housemates as they began Friday arena games.

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BBNaija: Mercy buys immunity, escapes eviction till semi finals

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate Mercy has bought her way to the semi finals of the reality show.

Big Brother on Monday night gave the housemates first opportunity to make purchase with the coins they received in the reality show.

Diane booked a spa session with Elozonam, while Mercy begged for more coins from Mike and bought immunity from eviction next week.

This means that Mercy will not be nominated for possible eviction next week.

DAILY POST recalls that the organisers of BBNaija on Sunday announced a new twist to the game.

Official host of BBNaija, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu during eviction show on Sunday, announced that eviction has been cancelled for this week.

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BBNaija: ‘Nigerians saving ‘Stupid’ housemates, evicting smart ones’ – Okey Bakassi, Okon

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Popular Nigerian comedians, Okey Bakassi, and Bishop Umeh, popularly known as Okon Lagos, on Sunday threw shades at Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemates remaining in the reality show.

Bakassi in a post on Instagram lamented the eviction of ‘smart and intelligent’ housemates in the reality show.

The comedian criticized the choice of Nigerians in voting for housemates, adding that their decisions showed how Nigerians select their leaders.

According to him, the smart ones are being voted out while the ‘Stupid housemates’ are saved from eviction.

Bakassi said: “The Big Brother eviction show is a reflection of the society, shows that smart, intelligent, stupid, docile human beings can coexist.

“It tells you about politics and how people vote in Nigeria. Most times you think the smart ones, intelligent ones will be the ones to win but they get to leave the reality show while the stupid ones have a way of hanging around for too long even when you don’t like them; that is the reality.

“So at the end of the show, if the stupid one wins, it is you the voters that should be blamed. It tells us about ourselves, our preferences as Nigerians.”

He, however, did not mention the names of the housemates he was referring to.

This is coming few hours after BBNaija housemate, Khafi was evicted.

Okon on the other hand also lamented the choices by Nigerians in the ongoing reality show.

According to him, Nigerian youths from their votes on BBNaija shows that they do not like smart individuals.

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