The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has temporarily suspended its earlier planned shutdown of some broadcast stations over their indebtedness to the commission.
Recall, that the commission had on August 19, 2022, revoked the licences to over 50 broadcasting stations, including DAAR Communications Ltd and Silverbird TV/Rhythm FM, and requested them to shut down within hours.
In a fresh statement issued on Friday, Ilelah, however, said the commission had received positive responses from the debtor licensees, including big players in the broadcast industry.
He added that sequel to a follow-up meeting held with Executives of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), and other critical stakeholders in the industry, the commission has decided to temporarily suspend the shutdown of the indebted broadcast stations all over the country.
While expressing the Commission’s profound appreciation to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Ilelah thanked the affected licensees and broadcast stakeholders for their responses and interventions.
He said the Commission is not unaware of the difficulties this shutdown must have caused the operators and other stakeholders but must state that the commission will always operate within the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Meanwhile, the commission had imposed a fine of N5 million on Trust Television Network (Trust TV) over the broadcast of the documentary titled “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story”, which was aired by the station on the 5th of March, 2022.
This was after Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed had said the government will sanction BBC, Africa Eye, and Trust TV, and other media for ‘unprofessional documentary’ where it interviewed bandits.
Mohammed accused Trust Tv of using its platform to ‘promote the activities of terrorists’ by interviewing a bandit kingpin, Shehu Rekeb.
Media Trust Group in a statement said the documentary was done in “public interest”.