31 December 2013

Nigeria: Expired Licenses - Govt to Shut 49 TV, Radio Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said it will shut down the 49 Television and Radio stations that are still operating with expired licenses and owing statutory fees and levies.

Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday in Abuja, the commission's legal adviser Mr. Obi said the commission will after the New Year break shut down the defaulting radio and TV stations.

"Any station that has failed to settle its outstanding licenses and levies and is still operating will be forced to shut down by the time we come back from New year break because they are still operating illegally after being given several warnings," he said.

He also said the stations had been given several warnings and added that the grace periods given to them had expired.

The NBC Published names of government and privately owned broadcast stations still in defaults on December 23.

It said it would be followed by enforcement of sanctions in accordance with the NBC Act.

Government owned stations that will be sanctioned include the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kano Broadcasting Services, Plateau State Broadcasting Services, Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State among others.

Among privately owned stations to be shutdown include Daar Communications Plc (network licence for Radio/TV, and Daarsat), Samina Broadcasting Company Limited (Kiss FM Abuja), Network News 24 Limited, Lagos, Proudly Africa Media Limited, Lagos.

Others include Cross Media Limited (Terrestrial TV Abuja), Sheriff Comm. Ltd (FM radio Maiduguri), Afrinet Limited (FM radio, Abia State), and 28 Digitect Broadcasting Ltd (Lagos).

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