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Procedure for Obtaining License


PROCEDURE OF OBTAINING A BROADCAST LICENCE

The procedure for obtaining a broadcast licence as stipulated by the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap N11, Laws of the Federation 2004 can be divided into three groups.

  1. Free to air Terrestrial Television and FM Radio Licence.

  2. Satellite Television Broadcasting Services including IPTV, Direct-Satellite Broadcast (DSB), Direct-to-Home (DTH)

  3. Community Radio.

GROUP A

  1. The applicant shall be a Limited Liability Company registered under the Companies and Allied Matter Act, 1990 with a minimum Share Capital of One Million Naira and one of its objects clauses relating to Broadcasting.

NB: Religious and political organisations are prohibited from consideration for the grant of a broadcast Licence.

  1. The Applicant shall write a letter addressed to the Director General of the Commission seeking approval to purchase an application form for the purpose of applying for a broadcast licence indicating the category of Licence and proposed location (s)

NB: FM Radio is city based.

  1. Upon approval, the applicant would be directed to purchase an application form at the cost of N50, 000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) in bank draft payable to the Commission from any of its Zonal offices across the Country.

  2. The applicant should duly complete the triplicate copies of the application form and return to the Commission with the Following:

  3. Certificate of Incorporation

  4. Certified copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association

  5. An Engineering design of system including feasibility study.

  6. A letter of undertaking in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 (1) (d) of the NBC Act.

  7. Letter from its Bankers prepared to give financial guarantees.

  8. The application would be processed and if in conformity with the statutory requirements above, it would be recommended through the Honourable Minister of Information and culture to the President, Commander-in-Chief for the grant of Licence.

  9. After the grant of Licence by the President, Commander-in-chief, the Commission would convey a provisional approval for an initial term of Five years (subject to renewal), indicating appropriate Licence fee, coverage area and other terms/conditions.

  10. After payment of Licence fee in full, appropriate frequencies would be assigned to enable the company install facilities, invite the Commission to inspect and approve Test transmission as a prelude to Commissioning/full transmission.

NB: The approved transmitter power for an FM Radio licence shall be 2Kwatts maximum and mast height above ground level of 250ft maximum.

B. SATELLITE TELEVISION SERVICES INCLUDING DIRECT-TO-HOME (DTH), DIRECT SATELLITE BROADCAST (DSB) IPTV AND INTERNET STREAMING.

  1. The applicant shall be a Limited Liability Company registered under the Companies and Allied Matter Act, 1990 with a minimum Share Capital of One Million Naira and one of its objects clauses relating to Broadcasting.

NB: Religious and political organisations are prohibited from consideration for the grant of a broadcast Licence.

  1. The Applicant shall write a letter addressed to the Director General of the Commission seeking approval to purchase an application form for the purpose of applying for a broadcast licence indicating the category of Licence and proposed platform.

  2. Upon approval, the applicant would be directed to purchase an application form at the cost of N50, 000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) in bank draft payable to the Commission from any of its Zonal offices across the Country.

  3. The applicant should duly complete the triplicate copies of the application form and return to the Commission with the Following:

  4. Certificate of Incorporation

  5. Certified copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association

  6. An Engineering design of system including feasibility study.

  7. A letter of undertaking in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 (1) (d) of the NBC Act.

  8. Letter from its Bankers prepared to give financial guarantees.

  9. The application would be processed and if in conformity with the statutory requirements above, it would be recommended to the Director General for the grant of Licence.

  10. After the grant of Licence, the Commission would convey a provisional approval for an initial term of Five years (subject to renewal), indicating appropriate Licence fee and other terms/conditions.

  11. After payment of Licence fee in full, the Company would be granted approval to commence transmission.

C. COMMUNITY RADIO

  1. The applicant shall be an association registered under part C of the Companies and Allied Matter Act, 1990 as a non for profit (NGO) indicating the proposed location(s)

NB: Religious and political organisations are prohibited from consideration for the grant of a broadcast Licence.

  1. Upon approval, the applicant would be directed to purchase an application form at the cost of N10, 000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira) in bank draft payable to the Commission from any of its Zonal offices across the Country.

  2. The applicant should duly complete the triplicate copies of the application form and return to the Commission with the Following:

  3. Certificate of Incorporation

  4. Certified copy of Constitution of the Association

  5. An Engineering design of system including feasibility study.

  6. A letter of undertaking in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 (1) (d) of the NBC Act.

  7. Letter from its Bankers prepared to give financial guarantees.

  8. The application would be processed and if in conformity with the statutory requirements above, it would be recommended through the Honourable Minister of Information and culture to the President, Commander-in-Chief for the grant of a Community Radio Licence.

  9. After the grant of Licence by the President, Commander-in-chief, the Commission would convey a provisional approval for an initial term of Five years (subject to renewal), indicating appropriate Licence fee, coverage area and other terms/conditions.

  10. After payment of Licence fee in full, appropriate frequencies would be assigned to enable the Association install facilities, invite the Commission to inspect and approve Test transmission as a prelude to Commission/full transmission.

NB: The approved transmitter power for a Community Radio shall be 250watts maximum and mast height above ground level 150ft maximum.