Jagdeo radio licences facing court challenge
-Woolford cites ‘willful and inexplicable’ delay of 16 years in dealing with his application
Broadcaster Enrico Woolford yesterday moved to the courts to quash the decision of former President Bharrat Jagdeo to grant radio and television licences to 10 persons and entities, saying that his actions were unconstitutional.
Attorney-General Anil Nandlall is named as a respondent in the case to show why the court should not squash Jagdeo’s decision. Managing Director of the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) Valmikki Singh is named as the second respondent to show why the court should not nullify the decision of the Unit to assign frequencies for radio and television broadcasting to the ten persons on the grounds that the decisions were premised on the “unlawful and unconstitutional” distribution by Jagdeo and were unfair, unreasonable, capricious, irrational, procedurally improper, ultra vires, null, void and of no legal effect.
In his Affidavit in Support of the Motion, Woolford who is the Managing Editor/Owner of EMW Communications/Capitol News said that in October 1997 he applied to the National Frequency Management for an FM and AM Radio Broadcast licence to broadcast on the 88-108 FM frequency and 5-9-1240 AM frequency. …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.