The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation has ordered the immediate shutdown of 33 stations and revoked their licences across Nigeria, in which the very first Ebira Radio Station (Tao FM) is among.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revoked the licences of Tao FM AIT, Silverbird TV, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM amongst others.
The licences of the broadcast media organisations, it was learnt, ware revoked over failure to meet up with the renewal requirements, which amounts to N2.66 billion.
Director General of the NBC Mallam Balarabe Shehu has directed its state offices to liaise with security agencies to ensure the shut down of the operation of the stations is enforced within the next 24 hours.
According to a statement by NBC on Friday, the move followed the publication of a list of stations yet to renew their licences.
The commission informed that a two-week waiver was given to broadcast stations in May, after which they risked the revocation of their broadcast licences.
The NBC said 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.
“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 broadcast regulator said the continued operation of the “debtor stations is illegal and constitutes a threat to national security,” it said.
Meanwhile, the commission has called on other broadcast stations yet to renew their licences for the present duration to meet up within the next 30 days to avoid sanctions.
It said, “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,” it added.
List of Stations That are Affected
|S/N||NAME OF STATIONS||LOCATION|
|1||Silverbird TV (Silverbird Communication Co. Ltd)||Network|
|2||Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd)||FM Abuja|
|3||Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd)||FM Lagos|
|4||Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd)||FM Yenagoa|
|5||Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd)||FM Port-Harcourt|
|6||Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd)||FM Jos|
|7||Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd)||Benin|
|8||AIT/Ray Power FM (DAAR Communication Ltd.)||Network|
|9||Greetings FM (Greetings Media Ltd)||FM Network|
|10||Tao FM (Ovidi Communications Ltd)||FM Okene|
|11||Zuma FM (Zuma FM Ltd)||FM Suleja|
|12||Crowther FM (Crowther Communications Ltd)||FM Abuja|
|13||We FM (Kings Broadcasting Ltd)||FM Benin|
|14||Linksman International Ltd)||Keffi|
|15||Bomay Broadcasting Services Ltd||Abuja|
|16||MITV (Murhi International Group Ltd)||Ibadan|
|17||Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd)||Port-Harcourt|
|18||Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd)||Lagos|
|19||Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd)||Lagos|
|20||Beat FM (Megalectrics LTD)||Lagos|
|21||Cooper Communication ltd||Lagos|
|22||Splash Fm (West Midlands Ltd)||Ibadan|
|23||Rock City FM (Boot Communications Ltd)||Abeokuta|
|24||Family FM (Kalaks Investments Nig. Ltd)||Ilugun|
|25||Space FM (Creazioni Nig. Ltd)||Ibadan|
|27||Breeze FM (Bays Water Ltd)||Akure|
|28||Vibes FM (Vibes Communications)||Benin|
|29||Family Love FM (Multimesh Broadcasting Co. Ltd)||Port-Harcourt|
|30||Wave FM (South AtlanticMedia Ltd)||Port-Harcourt|
|31||Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation|
|32||Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation|
|33||Niger State Broadcasting Corporation|
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