NBC Revokes Licences Of AIT, Silverbird, Raypower, Others Over Failure To Renew And Pay N2.6bn Debts

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revoked operational licenses of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM among others over failure to renew their broadcast licenses and pay outstanding debts running to N2.6 bn.

Balarabe Shehu, Director General of the NBC, also directed its state offices to liaise with security agencies to ensure the shutdown of the operation of these stations within the next 24 hours.

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Shehu in a statement explained that in May 2022, NBC published in the national dailies the list of licensees indebted to the Commission, granting them two weeks to renew their licences and pay their debts or consider their licenses revoked, frequencies withdrawn.

” Three months after the publication, some licensees are yet to pay their outstanding debts, in contravention of the NBC Act CAP N11, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, particularly section 10 (a) of the third schedule of the Act.

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” In view of this development, the continued operation of the debtor stations is illegal and constitutes a threat to national security.

” Therefore, after due consideration, the NBC hereby announces the revocation of the licences of the under-listed stations and gives them 24 hours to shut down their operations,” he said.

The D-G said that the other stations affected were Zuma FM, Suleja, Niger State, Bomay Broadcasting Service L.td., Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Gombe, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Rivers States Broadcasting Corporations and Stations.

He listed other stations, including; Katsina Broadcasting Corporation, Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation, Jigawa Broadcasting Corporation, Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation, Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation and Yobe State Broadcasting Corporation.

Shehu said Imo State Broadcasting Corporation, Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation, Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation, Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Borno State Broadcasting Corporation and Crowther FM Abuja were among the affected stations.

He urged all broadcast stations who have not renewed their licences for the current duration to do so within the next 30 days to avoid sanctions.

He also called on all Internet Protocol Television and all other broadcast stations that are streaming online to register with the commission to avoid disconnection

” Broadcasters should note that having a DTT or FM licence doesn’t warrant a broadcaster to stream online; they are two different licenses.”

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