The National Broadcasting Commission temporarily overturned its decision to shut down some broadcast stations for failing to renew their licenses on Friday.
This was made known in a communique signed by the Director General, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, where he confirmed the decision to halt revoking the licenses of the defaulting media organisations.
Last week, the Commission issued a shutdown notice to the licenses of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM, amongst others, over a debt of N2.66 billion.
Following the ultimatum, the broadcast body received positive responses from the debtor Licensees, including big players in the broadcast industry.
“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,” Ilelah said.
“We express our profound appreciation to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, the affected licensees and Broadcast Stakeholders for their responses and interventions. We, specifically, thank DAAR Communications Ltd and Silverbird TV/Rhythm FM for their responses.”
The statement also showed that NBC was conscious of the difficulties the closure must have caused the employees and other parties involved. Still, it insisted it “would always act within the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004.”