NBC Makes U-Turn, Suspends Shutdown Of Broadcast Stations

Kosi Uchenna

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has postponed the deadline to shut down broadcast stations whose licenses were withdrawn.

Recall that NBC had on Friday announced the revoke of the licenses of African Independent Television, AIT, Silverbird Television, STV, and 50 other broadcast stations over growing debt.

The Director-General of the commission, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, stated that the affected stations are owing up to N2 billion.

Consequently, the commission ordered the shut down of the stations within 24 hours.

However, the commission in a fresh statement issued on Saturday extended the shutdown to Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

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According to Ilelah, the extension was informed by the “intervention of concerned groups” and “visible” efforts by some of the defaulting stations to clear their arrears.

He added, “Following intervention of concerned groups and visible concerted efforts by some defaulting Licensees to offset their debts, the National Broadcasting Commission hereby serves this notice of an extension of the deadline to shut down to 6.00 PM on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.”

Source: Thecable

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