NBC halts broadcaster shutdowns
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria has suspended the shutdown of certain broadcasters that have had their licences revoked over outstanding debts.
This temporary suspension comes months after some broadcast stations were given two weeks to renew their licences and pay off their debts or face being sanctioned.
Broadcasters affected by the move include Silverbird TV, Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation, Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation, Niger State Broadcasting Corporation, Wave FM, Beat FM, MITV, AIT, Zuma FM and Splash FM.
According to the NBC, positive responses were received from some of the debtor licensees, including some of the big players in the broadcast industry.
The NBC stated: “[After] a follow-up meeting held with executives of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria and other critical stakeholders in the industry, the commission has decided to temporarily suspend the shutdown of the indebted broadcast stations all over the country.
“We express our profound appreciation to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, the affected licensees and the broadcast stakeholders for their responses and interventions. We specifically thank DAAR Communications and Silverbird TV/Rhythm FM for their responses.
“The commission is not unaware of the difficulties this shutdown must have caused the operators and other stakeholders, but must state that the commission will always operate within the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004.”