A Ghanaian UK based DJ, Frank Boakye-Yiadom has been sacked by Capital Xtra for charging an amount before playing the song of a musician.
According to a report by theGuardian, he charged £200 to play songs and keep tracks on a playlist for his primetime show.
DJ Tiiny, who hosted the 7pm to 9pm Friday night slot on the station since 2018, was removed from the Capital Xtra schedules and his profile expunged from its website after a producer claimed to have received an email saying he would premier a track on his Friday night show and keep it on his playlist for two weeks for a fee of £200.
The DJ, whose real name is Frank Boakye-Yiadom, released a statement saying he “took advantage of his position” and apologised to all those he had let down. “I take full responsibility for my actions and fully accept the consequences,” he wrote.
Global Radio, the parent company of Capital and Capital Xtra, declined to comment on the situation.
Taking money before playing songs which is popularly terms as ‘Payolo’ is a serious crime in developed countries such as US and UK.
The consequences of breaking the Broadcasting Code are potentially serious, with the watchdog able to take enforcement action, including revoking a licence, if a broadcaster breaks them.