Radio Al Balad on Saturday sent a letter of apology to the Lower House for reading a comment on air deemed insulting to the Chamber of Deputies and called for allowing the station to resume broadcasting sessions, which were halted last week. In the letter, addressed to Lower House Speaker Abdul Hadi Majali, Radio Al Balad Director General Daoud Kuttab said the station has taken all procedures to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident, adding that the â€œmistakeâ€ was not deliberate and does not reflect the stationâ€™s policies.
Kuttab also called on the Lower House to allow the station to resume live broadcasts of its sessions.
…The apology does not change anything, Audiovisual Commission Director General Husain Bani Hani told The Jordan Times yesterday.
…”After checking the archive, we found that the insult was read on air by the presenter and this is why we sent the apology and decided to take several measures,” Radio Al Balad Manager Sawsan Zaidah told The Jordan Times yesterday.
Radio Al Balad, formerly AmmanNet, has decided to carry out a restructuring process and create new positions, she added.
The station also decided to stop the broadcast of a programme for reading listenersâ€™ comments on air, which used to be aired daily. [source]
This is both sad and unfortunate. It’s another blow for media in Jordan, and the first major one for 2008. I can almost understand Radio Al-Balad deciding to issue an apology if it felt it had done something wrong by truly insulting MP’s, but the decision to restructure and even ending their broadcast of reading listener’s comments? All because of a comment? How bad could that insult have been? Heck, even I’m inclined to go digging through their January 29th archives to find it!
Perhaps the response was just too overwhelming for an entity like Radio Al-Balad to fend off, but I think there would have been some glory, if not journalistic credibility, in fighting it out. At least for a while.
The power of a comment.
Sad and unfortunate.