NBC revokes Silverbird, AIT, Raypower, Rhythm FM, others’ licences

National Broadcasting Commission NBC DG Balarabe Ilelah

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revoked the licences of the following broadcast stations — Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM, and Rhythm FM among others — over failure to renew their broadcast licences amounting to N2.66 billion.

The revocation, the NBC said in a statement on Friday, was due to non-renewal of broadcast licences.

The commission said a two-week waiver was given to them in May to do so.

It noted that the refusal to pay for renewal of licence was 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 statement said.

The broadcast regulator said the continued operation of the “debtor stations is illegal and constitutes a threat to national security”.

It called on other broadcast stations yet to renew their licences for the present duration to do so within the next 30 days to avoid sanctions.

“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,” it added.

“Broadcasters should note that having a DTT or FM license does not warrant a broadcaster to stream online; they are two different licences,” it said.