NBC suspends debt station ban

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has temporarily suspended the ban on 52 media houses across the country due to blame on the commission.

It is recalled that on Friday, August 19, 2022, the committee issued a shutdown notice to AIT, Silverbird, Rhythm FM and some state broadcasters on a cumulative debt of approximately $2.6 billion since 2015

However, in a statement signed Friday and made available by the Commission’s director-general, Malam Balarabe Sheu Ilelah, the body said it has decided to suspend the ban after careful consultation and positive response from the affected media houses.

The agency also recognized the role of the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) and other critical stakeholders for their prompt intervention.

NBC equally sympathized with the affected media houses over the difficulties that must have arisen as a result of the ban, while continuing to adhere to the codes of ethics that guide the committee’s operation.

The statement reads:

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“Following the ultimatum, the Commission received positive responses from the debtor Licensees, including major players in the broadcasting industry

“Following a follow-up meeting with executives of the Broadcasters of Nigeria (BON) and other critical industry stakeholders, the committee has decided to temporarily suspend the closure of debt-loaded channels across the country.

“We express our deep appreciation to the broadcaster of Nigeria, the affected licensees and broadcasters for their responses and interventions. We especially thank DAAR Communications Ltd and Silverbird TV/Rhythm FM for their responses.

“The Commission is not aware of the difficulties this closure must have caused to 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.”

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