“Therefore all presenters of programs, especially the Truth FM Breakfast Show (TBS) are to support Ambassador Weah to victory on December 16, 2014, and avoid tension and embarrassment. This is the CEO’s interest, therefore all promotion on programs should be directed to Ambassador Weah for now,” these were the exact words of the Real Communications Incorporated (RCI’s) management to its employees recently.
The management of the RCI pledged its support to the candidacy of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader, George Weah as Senator for Montserrado County in the Special Senatorial Election.
In a memo directed by its Director General, LaiyeeBility, instructed all presenters of programs to direct programs aired on RCI to the support of Mr. Weah to victory and anything contrary that would cause tension or embarrassment to the station should be avoided.
In the internal memo of Mr. Bility, the son of the RCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Musa Bility, who himself has openly expressed support for Mr. Weah’s bid in the senatorial race, it directed all presenters of programs to also support the candidacy of Mr. Weah.
“By directive of the Director General, all presenters of programs at the RCI are informed that the CEO is fully in support of Ambassador George Weah as the only candidate for Montserrado County and none else,” the Director General said.
This directive has drawn the attention of the public and the media landscape as well because programs aired on Truth FM especially the TBS is described as one of the ‘most listened to’ programs throughout Liberia as it is relayed on other stations across the country.
In the meantime, an insider has confirmed knowledge of the internal memo under the signature of Mr. Bility but expressed surprise how it was made public because it had only been placed on the station’s bulletin board.
When the Press Union of Liberia president, AbdulaiKamara was contacted on the issue, he said he only saw the story in a local daily and is trying to confirm the information so that the Union could adequately respond if need be.
However, Mr. Kamara has already noticed two issues which he said are out side the law and they include a media house being forced to endorse a particular candidate and even though private-owned broadcaster, it is under obligation to provide space so that all candidates outside its endorsement could be heard regardless of what they have to say during this campaign period.
It can be recalled that the owner of the station, Mr. Musa Hassan Bility, president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has pledged his support to candidate George Weah for Montserrado County.