Radio Bayelsa working to renew license after NBC sanction – GM – The Sun Nigeria

Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation chief executive Terrence Ekise said efforts were underway to renew the station’s operating licenses.

Ekise made the statement on Saturday when reacting to the recent revocation of operating licenses by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

He said in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the management of Radio Bayelsa was trying to pay the overdue renewal fees.

The general manager said the station had paid around N13 million of the NBC 17 million it owed NBC.

“We are surprised that despite continued efforts to clear the debt backlog, the station has been listed as affected,” he said.

Ekise said the radio station had a good working relationship with former NBC management regarding the license renewal issue.

“We have made remarkable progress in paying down our debt. A grace period was granted during the COVID-19 outbreak. So far we’ve done well and shouldn’t have been listed,” he said.

He said the station is currently grappling with the challenge of rebuilding and re-equipping its office complex.

As a reminder, NBC on Friday revoked the licenses of no less than 50 broadcast stations, including Radio Bayelsa, for non-renewal of operating licenses.

NBC, which ordered the affected broadcast stations shut down after 24 hours, said they collectively owed about 2.6 billion naira.

NAN reports that Radio Bayelsa and Rhythm 94.7 FM, two radio stations affected by the NBC directive, have not yet closed their doors. (NOPE)

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