Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 394 on 26 August 2022

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Malawian and Nigerian broadcast regulators threaten to shut down stations defaulting on their broadcast operating licences – A fair move or undue pressure?

26 August 2022

Malawian and Nigerian broadcast regulators threaten to shut down stations defaulting on their broadcast operating licences – A fair move or undue pressure? Regulating media in general (and broadcasting in particular) is always a deeply ‘political’ activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. This week Russell Southwood looks at moves by the regulators in Malawi and Nigeria to shutdown broadcasters over the non-payment of their operating licences. Nigeria’s broadcast regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission, extended the deadline for 52 defaulting broadcasting stations to pay their license fees, extending it up to Tuesday this week, another 24-hor grace period. It is unclear whether the…