Sierra Leone: NATCOM warns defaulting stations

The Sierra Leone National Telecommunications Commission has issued the following statement:

The National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) would like to inform the general public that effective November 15 2009, all TV and radio broadcast stations in default of payment of their spectrum licence fees to NATCOM will face the full penalty of the law.This may include but not limited to closure of the station, confiscation of transmitter equipment or financial penalties up to ten times the licence fees.

All TV and radio broadcast stations are therefore advised in their own interest and in the interest of electronic media and the general listening public to pay their spectrum licence fees on or before the 30th November 2009. NATCOM will take appropriate measures to recover all monies owed to this government telecommunications watchdog in fulfillment of its mandate.