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#511516 - 02/10/16 05:12 AM BBA Yanks Plus TV’s On-Air Broadcasting License
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Tonight there is disturbing and significant news coming out of Belmopan and it involves our colleague media house Plus Television in that municipality. News Five has been able to confirm that the Belize Broadcasting Authority has opted not to renew the station’s on-air broadcasting license for the year 2016.

In a letter dated February four, BBA Chairman Louis Leslie writes that, “the Board of Directors of the Belize Broadcasting Authority has decided that it is now time for it to apply the law as set out in the Broadcasting and Television Act. In this case, you have applied to have your on-air broadcasting license renewed for the year 2016, despite the fact that Plus Television is not broadcasting over the air. Therefore, the Board cannot approve the renewal of your on-air licenses.”

From our recollection, this is the first time that a news house has been refused a license to operate in Belize, and as we said it is a significant development. It is well known that Plus TV has had an adversarial relationship with the government. We are reliably informed that Plus TV does indeed broadcast on its own station twenty-four hours a day. We received this news late so were unable to get comment from the BBA.

Channel 5

#511547 - 02/11/16 05:46 AM Re: BBA Yanks Plus TV’s On-Air Broadcasting License [Re: Marty]
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By Abdulmajeed K Nunez

Solomon said, “Great men are not always wise!
“Ole people sometimes do foolish things”
This time highly intelligent people got it mistaken
BBA is now at centre stage
Did they investigate to ensure they and Plus TV was on the same page?
Was this decision made by the BBA INSTITUTION?
Since you have the responsibility to draw the final conclusion
Was a decision made out of malice or misinformation?
Are you conspirators to close down fuh we Plus TV station?
At the end of the day our taxes will pay attorneys
In the final analysis our taxes will pay court fees

Belize Broadcasting Association is being ridiculous
Dehnya adults want to be mischievous
By saying Plus TV is not on air
This being the reason for not accepting license fees
Geez! Are these are people with degrees?
BBA please!
You are being ridiculous!
Your letter denying them licence is ludicrous
BBA, you are insulting us!
There is no suggestion of Plus TV breaking any laws
This decision seems to be flawed
We are hoping whoever made the decision made it while sleeping
Or while dozing off
Unaware of the chain reaction this is going to set off
Dah noh who have the first laugh

I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt
I am hoping by tomorrow a reverse of this decision can come about
And the apology dis yah your authoritative misstep deserve Will come forthwith from uhnu, dah BBA, mouth!
This will incur unnecessary court processes
Plus TV can sue for damages
The language itself is out of whack
The reason for not granting them licence it should be open for discussion
In this case it is true, true irrational
I don’t wanna assume it is political!

Not being on air
Anything digital is on air
If you say they not on air using audio
Love Fm can be on air using only video
They are on air using both audio and video
On cable, the World Wide Web, beaming signals
BBA, we are entertained by your resurgence
After becoming comfortable with your dormance
The presumption in you correspondence
Is indicative of your ignorance
I would refer to Solomon in this instance!

#511559 - 02/11/16 12:22 PM Re: BBA Yanks Plus TV’s On-Air Broadcasting License [Re: Marty]
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Licenseless Plus TV responds to Broadcasting Authority

The resource stressed Plus Television is having more difficulty staying on air after its owner, Louis Wade, applied for the wrong broadcasting license, according to the Belize Broadcasting Authority.

Wade applied to the BBA for an On Air Broadcasting License but the regulatory body says this was an error on his part. On air broadcasts are those that can be accessed without cable, like Channel 5 and 7. These media houses have a wider audience due to the ease of access; therefore, they can charge more for advertisement. Passing itself off as an on air broadcasting station is a deceitful act by a cash-strapped media house trying to increase advertising revenue.

The Belize Broadcasting Authority rejected Wade’s application and returned his money sent for the license. In a letter dated February 4, the BBA scolded Wade, “you have applied to have your on-air broadcasting license renewed for the year 2016, despite the fact that Plus Television is not broadcasting over the air. Therefore, the Board cannot approve the renewal of your on-air licenses.” The Board of Directors of the BBA recommended that Wade apply for a Cablecasting License, which is more suitable for the type of service he currently provides.

Wade told the Guardian Newspaper that he believes the BBA made a “genuine mistake in its decision”. Plus TV wrote to the BBA explaining that they have been providing open air service to residents in the Belmopan area for years on Channel 21. Furthermore, he says it is a license they have had for years and he hopes that the situation is rectified quickly.

The Guardian

#511641 - 02/16/16 05:20 AM Re: BBA Yanks Plus TV’s On-Air Broadcasting License [Re: Marty]
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Plus Television’s On-Air License Will Be Renewed

On February fourth, Managing Director of Plus Television Louis Wade was informed by the Belize Broadcasting Authority that his payment for the renewal of his on-air license would not be accepted – meaning his license to broadcast would not be renewed. The BBA claimed that Plus had not been broadcasting over the air which was an interesting assertion, since Plus Television has been broadcasting since 2011, and even has its own twenty-four station. So was it political victimization? An oversight? An error? Well according to the BBA it was misinformation provided by the Public Utilities Commission. In a letter to Wade dated February eleventh, BBA Chairman Louis Leslie explains that the Board of the BBA is guided by the recommendations and advice of the PUC. He claimed that the PUC reported that Plus Television was not transmitting a television signal, and in fact the station was not included in a list provided of TV stations. That was the basis of the refusal, but in this new letter Leslie explains that he has received information which confirms that Plus TV is indeed transmitting. In closing, Leslie informs Wade that, “you can now make payment for the renewal of your on-air license for the year 2016.”

Channel 5


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