NBC warns broadcasters over debts
Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned broadcasters that it intends to sanction those that owe it money.
Speaking at the NBC Summit held in Enugu recently, NBC director general Is’haq Modibo Kawu said broadcast stations across the country were in debt to the commission to the tune of N4.2bn (US$11.6m).
According to Kawu, this debt mostly stems from broadcasters that have refused to renew their licences with the commission but remain on air.
As a result, the NBC is ready to close down any station that is indebted to the commission or contravening the broadcast code by being involved in partisanship.
NBC recently shut down the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service, stating that it was involved in an unauthorised announcement of the Ekiti election results despite several warnings to avoid such acts, constituing a breach of the broadcasting code.