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Nigeria: NBC to Blacklist Dormant Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), says dormant broadcast stations in the country will be blacklisted within the next two weeks. The commission also said some stations were not complying with the payment of 2.5 percent of their annual revenue to the commission.

Yomi Bolarinwa, Director-General of NBC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) last week in Abuja that the commission restrained from wielding the big stick considering the huge implication of closing down a station. As at September 12, the commission had licensed about 350 companies on various broadcast licence categories as indicated on the NBC web site.

However, the number of private cable television operators has depleted as some companies had to quit the business owing to several reasons.

On the valid active cable television operators, Bolarinwa said: "I want to assure you that in another two weeks, you will find on the web site those who are currently licensed and eligible for the business.

Explaining the Commission's position on the implication of revoking a licence, he said "it is not something that we treat with levity."

On the opening up of Pay TV platform in the country and licensing of additional Direct to Home (DTH) operators, the Director-General advised that the business was not an all comers' affair.

Daily Trust (Abuja) 15 September 2008

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