Monday 17th December, 2018-The new Observer has been advised that there will be consequences if it doesn’t adhere to regulations regarding its operations.
Operating under NewsCo, the company came into being, following the closure of Observer Media Group at the end of November.
But their coming on stream has been described as illegal by the government, who insists the attempt to transfer a broadcast license is also not permitted under law.
Speaking on state media this morning, Minister of information and Broadcasting, Melford Nicholas reiterated that position stating the company is “operating unlawfully.” He says if the company wishes to continue with the business, they must do so in accordance with the law.
Minister Nicholas dismissed the assertion that the principals are acting in accordance with the law. He noted that at least one of the owners is justifying their actions under the Telecommunications Act of 2007, but the broadcasting minister declared that no such law exists in Antigua and Barbuda.
He will now inform the owners of NewsCo of a grace period in which they must conform.