Why FG revoked licences of AIT, Silverbird, 50 other broadcast stations

THE National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has explained why it revoked the licences of African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and 50 other broadcast stations across the country.

NBC Director General Balarabe Shehu, who announced the development in a statement on Friday, said it was due to the failure of the affected stations to renew their broadcast licences amounting to N2.66 billion.

According to the Commission, a two-week waiver was given to them in May to do so after which they risked the revocation of their licences.


READ ALSO:

Media Rights Agenda asks NBC to withdraw fines on TV station, pay platforms

Banditry: Coalition condemns NBC sanctions on Trust TV, others

IPC condemns NBC’s N5m fine on Trust TV, demands reversal

2023: Lai Mohammed directs NBC to clampdown on inciting messages


But three months after the publication, the NBC said 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.

“Therefore, after due consideration, NBC hereby announces the revocation of the licenses of the 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,” the statement said.

The broadcast regulator said the continued operation of the “debtor stations is illegal and constitutes a threat to national security”.

It called on other broadcast stations yet to renew their licences for the present duration to do so within the next 30 days or risk punishment.

The NBC said Friday’s list is the first batch of offenders, adding that a second batch will soon be released.






     

     

    “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 licences,” the statement added.

    NBC IPOB
    File Photo: NBC

    The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has said it would work with stakeholders to resolve the matter.

    Below is the full list of affected stations:

    1. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
    2. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Lagos
    3.  Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Yenagoa
    4. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Port Harcourt
    5. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Jos
    6. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd) Benin
    7. AIT/Ray Power FM (DAAR Communication ltd) Network
    8. Greetings FM (Greetings Media Ltd)
    9. FM Network Tao FM (Ovidi Communications Ltd)
    10. FM Okene, Zuma FM (Zuma FM Ltd)
    11. FM Suleja Crowther FM (Crowther Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
    12. We FM (Kings Broadcasting Ltd)
    13. FM Benin Linksman International Ltd
    14. Keffi Bomay Broadcasting Services Ltd Abuja
    15. MITV (Murhi International Group Ltd) Ibadan
    16. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Port-Harcourt
    17. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
    18. Classic TV (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
    19. Beat FM (Megalectrics LTD) Lagos
    20. Cooper Communications Ltd Lagos
    21. Splash FM (West Midlands Ltd) Ibadan
    22. Osun State Broadcasting Corporation
    23. Rock City FM (Boot Communications Ltd) Abeokuta
    24. Family FM (Kalaks Investments Nig. Ltd) Ilugun
    25. Space FM (Creazioni Nig. Ltd) Ibadan
    26. Radio Jeremi (Radio Jeremi Itd) Effurun
    27. Breeze FM (Bays Water Ltd) Akure
    28. Vibes FM (Vibes Communication Ltd) Benin#
    29. Family Love FM (Multimesh Broadcasting Co. Ltd) Port-Harcourt
    30. Wave FM (South Atlantic Media Ltd)
    31. Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation
    32. Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation
    33. Niger State Broadcasting Corporation
    34. Gombe State Broadcasting Corporation
    35. Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation
    36. Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation
    37. Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation
    38. Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation
    39. Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation
    40. Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation
    41. Imo State Broadcasting Corporation
    42. Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation
    43. Borno State Broadcasting Corporation
    44. Yobe State Broadcasting Corporation
    45. Sokoto State Broadcasting Corporation
    46. Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation
    47. Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation
    48. Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation
    49. Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation
    50. Katsina State Broadcasting Corporation
    51. Lagos DSB
    52. Silverbird TV (Silverbird Communications Co. Ltd)

    You can reach out to me on Twitter via: vincent_ufuoma

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here


    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement

    Recent

    - Advertisement