NBC temporarily suspends shutdown of indebted broadcast stations

On Friday, August 26, the National Broadcasting Commission temporarily overturned its decision to shut down a number of broadcast stations for failing to renew their licenses.

The decision to postpone the initial shutdown of the indebted stations, according to the Commission, was made in reaction to the responses from the impacted stations.

This was stated in a statement that Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, the director general of NBC, signed. It said;

 “Sequel to a follow-up meeting held with Executives of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, 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.
“The Commission is not unaware of the difficulties this shutdown must have caused the 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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