Nigerian Govt Withdraws Licenses Of AIT, Silverbird TV, 52 Others Over N2.6bn Debt

The Federal Government on Friday announced the revocation of licenses of AIT Television and RayPower FM, Daar Communications Limited, Silverbird TV, and some 52 other broadcasting stations over N2.6 billion in debt.
Mallam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced the revocation of licenses at a press conference in Abuja, stating that the affected stations have 24 hours to shut down their operations.
He said the decision to revoke the licenses became necessary as all efforts to make the stations pay had yielded no fruits.
“In May 2022, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) published in the National Dailies, the list of licensees that are indebted to the Commission, and granted them two weeks to renew their licenses and pay their debts or consider their licenses revoked, frequencies withdrawn and the withdrawn frequencies reassigned to others who are ready to abide by the necessary requirements.
“Three months after the publication, some licensees are yet to pay their outstanding debts, in contravention of the National Broadcasting – Commission Act CAP N11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, particularly section 10(a) of the third schedule of the Act.
“In view of this development, the continued operation of the debtor. stations are illegal and constitute a threat to national security.
“Therefore, after due consideration, the NBC hereby announces the revocation of the licenses of the under-listed stations and gives them 24 hours to shut down their operations. Our offices nationwide are, hereby directed to collaborate with security agencies to ensure immediate compliance” he said.
The NBC boss, who briefed the members of the press in the company of  Dr. Igomu Onoja, Secretary to the Commission, and other senior management staff of the Commission, listed the affected stations to include Silverbird TV (Silverbird Communications Co. Ltd,  Network FM Abuja, AIT RayPower FM DAAR Communication  Network Greetings FM, Greetings Media Ltd FM Network, Tao FM Ovidi Communications Ltd FM Okene, Zuma FM Zuma FM Ltd FM Suleja, Crowther FM Crowther Communications Ltd FM Abuja, We FM Kings Broadcasting Ltd FM Benin, Linksman International Ltd Keffi,
Boma Broadcasting Services Ltd Abuja, MITV Murhi International Group Ltd Ibadan Classic FM, Pinkt Nigeria Ltd Port-Harcourt Classic FM Pinkt Nigeria Ltd Lagos, Classic TV Pink Nigeria Ltd Lagos, Beat FM Megalectrics Ltd Lagos,  Cooper Communications Ltd Lagos, Splash FM West Midlands Ltd Ibadan, and Rock City FM, owned by Boot Communications Ltd Abeokuta, among other private radio and television stations.
Other government-owned stations affected include Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation, Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation, Niger State Broadcasting Corporation,
Gombe State Broadcasting Corporation, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation, Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation, Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation,  Imo State Broadcasting Corporation, Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation, Borno State Broadcasting Corporation, Yobe State Broadcasting Corporation, Sokoto State Broadcasting Corporation, Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation, Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation,  Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation, Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation, and Katsina State Broadcasting Corporation.
Mallam Shehu Ilelah, who emphasized that the licenses revocation has nothing to do with politics called on stations that have not renewed their licenses for the current duration and are advised to do so within the next 30 days to avoid sanctions.
“All Broadcast stations who have not renewed their licenses for the current duration are advised to do so within the next 30 days to avoid
sanctions. The Commission also calls on all IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) – and all other broadcast stations that are streaming online to register with the Commission to avoid disconnection. Broadcasters should note that having a DTT or FM license does not warrant a broadcaster to stream online; they are two different licenses” he said.
According to the NBC boss,  over 1000 broadcasting stations are currently operating in Nigeria and some of the 54 stations being shut down have been indebted to the federal government since 2015.


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