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Power of the Commission to grant licenses

  1. The Commission shall, in the consideration of an application or a license under this Act, be satisfied that the applicant-
    • is a body corporate registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act or a station owned, established or operated by the Federal, State or local government; [Cap. C20.]
    • can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commission that he is not applying on behalf of any foreign interest;
    • can comply with the objectives of the National Mass Communication Policy as is applicable to the electronic media, that is, radio and television;
    • can give an undertaking that the licensed station shall be used to promote national interest, unity and cohesion and that it shall not be used to offend the religious sensibilities or promote ethnicity, sectionalism, hatred and disaffection among the peoples of Nigeria.
  2. The grant of a license by the Commission under this Act shall be subject to availability of broadcast frequencies.
  3. Compliance with the requirements specified in subsection (1) of this section shall not entitle an applicant to the grant of a license but the grant of a license by the Commission shall not be unreasonably withheld.
  4. In determining the grant of a license the Commission shall consider the following, that is-
    1. the structure of shareholding in the broadcasting organisation;
    2. the number of shareholding in other media establishments;
    3. the distribution of those stations and establishments as between urban, rural, commercial or other categorisation.
  5. It shall be illegal for any person to have controlling shares in more than two of each of the broadcast sectors of transmission. [1999 No. 55.]
  6. Any broadcast station transmitting from Nigeria before the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to have been licensed under this Act and, accordingly, shall be subject to the provisions of this Act.