President Ramotar defends manner and timing of granting broadcast licences by Former Pesident, Jagdeo – 22nd Mar 2013
President Donald Ramotar today defended the manner and timing of the granting of broadcast licences by former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. Recent disclosures that Jagdeo granted close associates of the Government, five radio frequencies each, has stirred public controversy among opposition politicians and private media.
Jagdeo granted five radio frequencies each, to his best friend Dr. Bobby Ramroop, the Mirror newspaper, which belongs to the ruling PPP and Telcor Broadcasting, which is tied to a Government Minister. Jagdeo granted those frequencies in the very month he left office, November 2011.
Broadcasting exports have said that five frequencies are not needed to relay programming, that other facilities could be used instead of clogging up the airwaves and limiting the availability of frequencies that could be awarded to others.
President Ramotar would not be dragged into a discussion about the technical aspects of broadcasting.
Jagdeo also granted cable licences on the 25GHz band to two close associates of the ruling party: Vishok Persuad and Brian Yong. In fact, Persuad’s licence was granted in the same month he began operating his WiMax service. The President said he sees nothing that smacks favouritism or irregularity in the granting of those cable licences.