The National Broadcasting Commission (NBA) has announced the temporary suspension of the shutdown notice issued to African Independent Television, Silverbird Television and 50 other broadcast stations.
NBC last Friday announced the revocation of operation licenses of the 52 broadcast stations for over-indebtedness to the Commission.
However, the commission extended the 24-hour shutdown order by three days following interventions from some stakeholders.
NBC announced the temporary suspension in a statement by its Director General, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah.
Ilelah said the commission has received positive responses from debtor licenses.
The statement reads: “The National Broadcasting Commission on Friday, August 19TH, 2022, issued a shutdown notice to the licensee that is indebted to the Commission.
“Following the ultimatum, the Commission 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.
“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 Commission is not unaware of the difficulties this shutdown must have caused the operators and other stakeholders but must state that the Commission will always operate within the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. N11, Laws of the Federation, 2004. “