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20 November 2019

FG orders NBC to formulate new broadcasting regulations

Federal Government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to immediately come up with fresh regulations that would promote local broadcast industry and protect it from monopolistic tendencies.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the directive in Abuja when he received the report of the NBC Reform Implementation Committee chaired by Professor Armstrong Idachaba.

The minister said the regulations should cover advertising tariffs and production, to ensure that all anti-competitive behaviours were deterred and sanctioned where they occur.

He said the regulations should ensure that those who provide broadcast services on the internet do so with responsibility.

He, however, cautioned that the regulations must not in any way gag the press or hinder their universal role of providing valuable information to the citizenry.

The minister said that in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, the commission should amend its Code to reflect review of fines from N500,000 to N5 million for breaches relating to hate speeches, inciting comments and indecency.

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