Nigeria's Broadcast Stations To Lose Signals And Have Frequencies Reallocated For Unpaid Licence Fees – NBC
An announcement by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the broadcast media regulator in Nigeria, has called on all broadcasting stations owing broadcast licence fees to have their debts settled before the 31st of March 2021.
The notice demands that all broadcasting stations due for licence fee payments to do so before the stipulated closure date; otherwise, they face a penalty which will result in jammed signals and reallocated frequencies.
The Commission says it had been lenient with defaulters and is now ready to exercise its powers under the "Section 12 (Third Schedule) of the NBC Act 2004, which states that the Commission may revoke a licence… where a prescribed fee was not paid on the due date".
The NBC maintained that the Federal Government had granted a 60% waiver to debtor stations and a 30% discount to new licences and those due for renewal in 2020. The payment relief was implemented during the COVID19 pandemic and was applied to mitigate the pandemic's severe economic impact.
The public notice issued by NBC further notes that stations owing licence renewal fees from 1st of April 2021 will be documented as illegally operating stations, as such, will experience jammed signals. Additionally, their frequencies will be reassigned to other members who have been waiting for broadcast licences.
NBC urges all broadcasting stations to ensure that their licenses renewal fees are settled before the 31st of March 2021 to avoid disappointment.