NBC Suspends Closure of 52 TV, Radio Licenses


The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has reversed itself over its earlier revocation of the broadcast licenses of 52  television and radio stations across Nigeria.


On Friday the NBC in a statement issued a statement explaining that it had no other option than to revoke the licenses of the affected stations who according to it had defaulted in the payment for the renewal of their licenses. The NBC accused the stations of constituting “threat to national security.”


However, in a terse two paragraph statement issued on Saturday by the Director General of the NBC, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, organisation stated that it has extended the deadline for the defaulting stations to pay up their renewal fees by two weeks.


“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 Deadline to Shutdown to 6.00PM on Tuesday August 23, 2022,” the statement read.

There has been a torrent of criticisms over the NBC decision, the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and several civil society groups waded into the matter.




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