Text of report by state-run Ivorian TV on 29 December
Before continuing, here is a communique: Reports repeatedly reaching the Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority [HACA] say that some promoters of radio stations have been suggesting the cession of their media houses to others. The Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority reminds these people of the provisions of Article 74 of the Law of 2004 which clearly states that the permission to exploit the services of radio and television broadcasting is personal and not transferable. The Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority wishes to make it clear that the frequencies assigned for the exploitation of radio broadcasting are the property of the State of Cote d’Ivoire and can therefore not be for sale.
The Radio and Television Broadcasting Authority therefore insists on informing the potential buyers and the promoters of these radio stations that such a transaction is not valid and can only lead to the outright withdrawal of the allocated frequency.
Signed for the HACA by its chairman, Ibrahim Sy Savane
(Source: Television Ivoirienne, Abidjan, in French 2000 gmt 29 Dec 11 via BBC Monitoring)