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NBC, stakeholders to battle over licensing

22 August 2013, 09:09

Lagos - The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is headed for a showdown with stakeholders that have alleged disparity in the awarding of television broadcasting licences in the country.

The stakeholders are threatening to drag the NBC to court for alleged failure to follow procedure process in awarding the licences.

Among the prominent stakeholders is Solomon Abati, who expressed his grievances.

“We believe there are some illegality (sic) in the digital license issue and we will go to any length to ensure that it is addressed. Even if it means suing the NBC, we will do that,” he said.

Kelvin Uyi said industry wanted NBC to “clear the air” on the issue.

“All we want is for the NBC to clear the air on this matter. We want the commission to tell Nigerians if some digital TV firms are operating legally or not. We have written to the commission twice on this matter but have not received any response,” he said.

Uyi questioned the legality of Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) services Detail Nigeria has been operating, saying for now, such services could only be provided by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the only known licensed DTT operator in the country.

He backed his concerns on statements credited to the minister of information, Labaran Maku, on the position of government on Digital Broadcast Migration.

At a Federal Executive Council briefing, Labaran Maku was quoted as saying that government had approved NTA as the only public signal digital television distributor.

NBC Public Relations Officer Maimuna Jimada said the organisation was looking into the issue with a view of addressing it.

- CAJ News


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