NBC Reveals Broadcasting Stations That Would Be Shut Down On Sept 15
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revealed that it would shut down radio and television stations owing the commission licensing fees.
Speaking on Monday at a news briefing in Lagos after a meeting with the stakeholders in the broadcasting industry, the Director General, Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu, said that any broadcasting station that failed to come up with a payment plan before September 15 would be shut down.
He said that the broadcasting stations are owing the commission N4.3 billion.
According to him, there was an agreement between the stakeholders and the NBC in February 2017 on how to recover the debt. He said the stations had reneged on the agreement.
He said that it would not be ideal to mention the broadcasting stations due to the relationship between the parties and that the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and NBC would be meeting.
His words: ”There will be a consultative meeting between BON and NBC.
”Stations must try to regularise or work on a payment plan. The truth of the matter is if there is nothing definite done by trying to pay the money owed NBC we are going to close down quite a number of radio and television stations.
”Especially because we know that a lot of them are targeting elections and the money they will make.
”We will make it impossible for them to make that money because if they do not pay their licensing fees, then they have no right to enjoy any freebies from elections.”
Mr Modibbo-Kawu said that the commission does not ban songs, but certain songs cannot be broadcast due to their content.