Dama (Liverpool) Ltd holds the licence for Aden Live, a general entertainment service broadcast in Arabic.
On 8 May 2012, Ofcom imposed statutory sanctions on Dama for serious breaches of the Code . In the Sanction Decision, Ofcom stated that:
…in the absence of representations relating to the Preliminary View, Ofcom is directing the Licensee to provide information to Ofcom (details of which will be determined by Ofcom), including about the Licensee’s compliance procedures and arrangements in order to satisfy Ofcom that they are appropriate, and is asking the Licensee to attend a meeting with Ofcom to explain and discuss the same.
Dama has failed to comply with a direction to provide specified information to Ofcom by no later than Friday 10 August 2012. Dama is therefore in breach of Condition 17(1) of the Licence.
This is a serious breach of Licence Condition 17(1) because, without the information, Ofcom cannot carry out its statutory duties to assess whether Dama is providing the Aden Live service, whether it falls under UK jurisdiction for the purposes of directive 2010/13/EU (the Audiovisual Media Services Directive) and whether it is complying with its obligations as a licensee.
The Licensee is put on notice that Ofcom is considering the imposition of a statutory sanction in this case which may include revocation of the Licence.