GNBA Head slams Solomon’s misrepresentation on broadcast licence

Georgetown, GINA, March 18, 2014

 

Chairperson of the Board of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) Bibi Shaddick has denied claims attributed to Region 10 Chairman, Sharma Solomon in the March 18, edition of the Stabroek News. The claims were featured in the article titled “Head of the Region 10 to go it alone on development, energy plans- Solomon tells President.”

Shaddick stated that she read with dismay the article which contained facts of a letter written by Solomon to President Donald Ramotar.

She stated that prior to the publication of the article Solomon had claimed that the RDC had submitted an application to the GNBA for a TV Broadcast Licence for the Region.

“I wish to state that no such application has been made to the GNBA.”

She further explained that Solomon had claimed previously that the RDC had submitted the application to the Office of the President (OP), and noted that, “OP is not GNBA, and until it is sent to GNBA it cannot be considered,” she stated.

Additionally she stated that Solomon’s claim that the application cannot be processed because of a court claim was never made by the GNBA.

Shaddick from the inception of her appointment to the Board had stated that applications for licences had been previously made to various offices. As such, she had advised all applicants to re-submit their applications to the GNBA for consideration. She had also noted that it was not possible to track all the applications that had been made due to the haphazard manner in which they were done.

The Head of the GNBA Board had also pointed out that current broadcasters should also re-apply in order to have their licences issued in accordance with the new broadcast Act, which they all did.

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