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Ghanaian DJ in the UK Sacked After Taking £200 Payola to Play An Artiste’s Song

Ghanaian DJ in the U.K, Capital Xtra’s DJ Tiiny born Frank Boakye-Yiadom has been sacked after being caught soliciting for payola before playing a song on-air.

Probably thinking he’s in Ghana where corruption is normalized, Tiiny asked for £200 from a producer to keep playing his song on his show.

The producer reported him to his bosses and he was immediately fired and his records deleted from the company’s annals.

After his firing, Frank reacted and apologized for his behaviour.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and fully accept the consequences,” he wrote.

Whilst payola is part and parcel of how songs become mega hits in Ghana, Britain’s broadcasting regulator Ofcomm specifically prohibits it.

Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code includes a specific reference to the practice. “No commercial arrangement that involves payment, or the provision of some other valuable consideration, to the broadcaster may influence the selection or rotation of music for broadcast,” section 10.5 of the code, states.

Perhaps DJ Tiiny needs to find his way back to the motherland. He would fit in right here.



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