New Muslim broadcaster loses licence
The Dutch Media Authority has revoked the licence of Muslim broadcasting corporation OUMA Broadcasting Corporation Universal Muslim Association even before its first broadcast.
The Authority says OUMA will lose its licence as a result of a rift between the two parties which formed the new broadcasting company: SMON Foundation Muslim Broadcasting Corporation Netherlands and the OUMA foundation, which was formed by the organisation Academica Islamica.
The organisation of young Dutch Muslims was to appeal to second and third generation Muslim immigrants. Disputes centring on the appointment of key personnel led to Academia Islamica’s departure. One of the issues was the appointment of an interim director who was to earn an annual salary of 85,000 euros for a one-and-a-half-day working week.
The Media Authority says that now Academia Islamica no longer forms part of OUMA, the broadcasting company no longer distinguishes itself from other aspiring Muslim broadcasting corporations. OUMA was to start its broadcasts on radio and television on 1 September.
OUMA’s predecessors, the Nederlandse Moslim Omroep Dutch Muslim Broadcasting Corporation and the Nederlandse Islamitische Omroep Dutch Islamic Broadcasting Corporation disbanded themselves after protracted managerial problems.
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