Shutdown of indebted licensees, NBC suspends action

By Oviri Kelvin

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has temporarily suspended actions to shut down indebted broadcasting corporations.

This twist of the event is the result of a fruitful meeting held amongst the Commission, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and critical stakeholders in the industry.

Recall that on August 19, 2022, NBC issued a shutdown notice to all broadcasting corporations that are indebted to the commission.

However, following the notice of a shutdown, the affected licensees, including the BON, met with NBC and reached a compromise prompting the latter to issue a statement to that effect.

According to NBC, several meetings were held with these key players in the broadcasting industry before an agreement was reached.

In a statement signed by NBC Director General, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, the commission appreciated the efforts and steps taken by BON and other stakeholders in the industry and also admitted to not being oblivious of what their actions may have caused their organisations.

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“Sequel to a follow-up meeting held with Executives of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), 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,” NBC said

“We express our profound appreciation to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, the affected licensees and Broadcast Stakeholders for their responses and interventions.

“We, specifically, thank DAAR Communications Ltd and Silverbird TV/Rhythm FM for their responses,” the NBC added.

Ilelah added that the commission is not unaware of the difficulties this shutdown must have caused the operators and other stakeholders.

He said that NBC will always operate within the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004

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