NBC Reopens Jay-FM after Out-of-Court Settlement

Popular Jos-based radio station, Jay-FM, has been reopened after a reported settlement with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Many were dismayed when on March 1, the NBC shut Jay FM in Jos, Plateau for alleged breach of broadcasting code of conduct.

The Management of Jay-FM, through its counsel Mrs H.O. Onowoaere told the Presiding Judge of Jos Federa High Court II, Justice Musa Kurya, that the order for the reopening of the radio station came Tuesday evening, May 14 and the station went on air wedenesday morning.

“My Lord, this development came as a result of the NBC willingness to cooperate with us as to our agreement to settle this matter out of court,” Onowoaere told the court on resumption of hearing of the case on Wednesday.

Jay-FM, through its counsel, had sued the commission before the Federal High Court, Jos, demanding the immediate reopening of the station among other nine prayers.

The management of the radio station had described the closure by NBC, as “unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void,’’ since there was no cause for such an action.

The station also demanded for the payment of N500 million to it as general damages for the alleged unlawful closure.

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