Femi Fani-Kayode got it wrong again when he tweeted some days ago that Pres. Muhammadu Buhari planned to shut down Radio Continental, a radio station based in Lagos state, reportedly owned by former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu.
Speaking with certainty as he is usually wont to do, the former minister said, “NBC plans to shut down Radio Continental, owned by Bola Tinubu. SEC is investigating Oando, an oil company owned by the Tinubus. They humiliated Bukola Saraki. They have started on Atiku and now they are getting set for Bola Tinubu. Buhari is devouring his own children.”
FFK was not the only one peddling the rumour of a politically motivated attack on the station, but he was one of the most prominent.
It turns out that Radio Continental has not been shut down. The management of TVC Communications said on Sunday that the Federal Government never shut down the radio arm of the company – Radio Continental – for any breach of the broadcasting law or any other reason. It simply rebranded to Max FM and replaced its political programming with music programming.
“Radio Continental switched seamlessly last night (Saturday night) at 10pm to become 102.3 Max fm, which is aimed at a 15-34 year old audience and promises to play non-stop hit music for the young people of Lagos.”