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Update; NBC Temporarily Suspends Shutdown Of Indebted Broadcast Stations

by Mitchelle Uzorka

The National Broadcasting Commission on Friday temporarily came to an agreement to suspend its decision on the shutdown of certain broadcast stations over failure to renew their licences.

Recall that a week ago, the Commission issued a shutdown notice to the licenses of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM amongst others over a debt of N2.66 billion.

The recent development was confirmed in a communique signed by the Director General, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, where he confirmed the decision to put a halt to revoking the licenses of the defaulting media organisations after receiving positive responses from the debtor Licensees, including big players in the broadcast industry.

Part of the Communique Reads; “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,”

“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.”

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