National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has expressed concern that a good number of FM Broadcast Radio and TV Stations have over the years reneged on paying their annual spectrum fees, which constitutes a persistent breach of their licence condition.
NATCOM in a press release described the act as breach which cannot be tolerated and that all owing FM Broadcast Radio and TV Stations are urged to immediately regularize their payment status or face appropriate regulatory punitive action which will include but not limited to naming and shaming and ultimately, cancellation of their licence and litigation to reclaim outstanding debts.
The release adds that all FM Radio Broadcast and TV Stations holding on to resources assigned to them for a period exceeding two years without utilizing those resources are strongly advised to relinquish such resources and immediately pay up all accrued debts due to the commission.
NATCOM the release went on frowns at the incidence of broadcasting interference caused by either over modulation of the signal, increasing the power (wattage) of the transmitter, lack of a band pass filter or a combination of two
All FMs licensed to broadcast in Freetown, should not broadcast beyond the geographical boundaries of Freetown, the, NATCOM release concludes.