The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) revoked the licenses of AIT, Silverbird TV, and 50 other radio and television stations nationwide due to their excessive debt to the regulating body.
Equally important, the NBC’s state offices were also instructed by Mallam Balarabe Shehu, the organization’s Director General, to coordinate with security organizations; so that the operations of these stations would cease within the following 24 hours.
Specifically, the stations owe N2.66 billion to NBC.
As a matter of fact, the debtor-stations include Africa Independent Television (AIT) and its sister radio station, Raypower FM. Also listed was Silverbird Television, and 49 other stations across the country.
Correspondingly, Malam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, the NBC DG, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Friday. Further, he insisted that the decision to revoke the licenses of the debtor broadcast stations was not motivated by politics.
In addition, Ilelah pleaded with the stations to pay their costs within 24 hours, to prevent complete disconnection.
Meanwhile, he claimed that in May 2022, the NBC published a list of licensees who owed the commission in the national dailies. Thereafter, the commission gave them two weeks to pay up or risk having their licenses revoked; their frequencies withdrawn, and their frequencies assigned to others who are prepared to follow the rules.
However, Ilelah claimed that three months after the publication, some licensees had still not paid their outstanding debts; violating the National Broadcasting Commission Act; specifically Section 10(a) of the Third Schedule of the Act found in CAP N11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Correspondingly, he stated that this development makes the debtor-stations’ ongoing operation unconstitutional and 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,” the NBC DG stated.
Other affected stations are Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd); Greetings FM (Greetings Media Ltd); Tao FM (Ovidi Communications Ltd); Zuma FM (Zuma FM Ltd); Crowther FM (Crowther Communications Ltd); WE FM (Kings Broadcasting Ltd); Linksman International ltd; Bomay Broadcasting Services Ltd; MITV (Murhi International Group Ltd); Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) and Classic TV (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd).
Also affected is Beat FM (Megalectrics Ltd); Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd); Cooper Communications Ltd; Splash FM (West Midlands Ltd); Rock City FM (Boot Communications Ltd); Family FM (Kalaks Investments Nig. Ltd); Space FM (Creazioni Nig. Ltd); Radio Jeremi (Radio Jeremi ltd); Wave FM (South Atlantic Media Ltd); Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation; Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation; Niger State Broadcasting Corporation; Breeze FM (Bays Water Ltd); Vibes FM (Vibes Communication Ltd) and Family Love FM (Multimesh Broadcasting Co. Ltd).
Additionally, Gombe State Broadcasting Corporation; Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation; Osun State Broadcasting Corporation; Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation; Ondo 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 and Sokoto State Broadcasting Corporation.
Meanwhile, the likes of Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation; Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation; Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation; Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation, and Katsina State Broadcasting Corporation were also not left out.