NBC warns against unwholesome free satellite transmission

By Raphael Jov, Abuja

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has monitored in recent times the transmission of Free-To-Air satellite signals with unwholesome content into the Country. Some of these channels seek to threaten our Core values and deliberately seek to undermine our unity and peace, as a country.

It has, therefore, become expedient to remind all broadcasters or operators and users of satellite broadcasting in Nigeria of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the Act which are the grand laws for broadcasting in Nigeria.

Section (2) of the National Broadcasting Commission Act CAP N11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, states, “No person shall operate or use any apparatus or premises for the transmission of sound or vision by cable, television, radio, satellite or any other medium of broadcast from anywhere in Nigeria except under and in accordance with the provisions of this act.”

In view of this, all broadcasters transmitting Free-To-Air satellite services MUSTencrypt all broadcasting signals on their platform.

We also wish to request all Pay TV channels to observe the rules on Decency of broadcast Content. Many Pay TV channels, especially, carry very vulgar, indecent and obscene contents. Broadcasters must take cognizance of the Code provisions on Watershed.

The Commission warns that unclassified, vulgar and obscene musical videos will not be tolerated, henceforth.

The Commission wishes to state that, “The Broadcaster has an obligation to ensure that musical works are suitable for broadcasting before putting them on air.”

Finally, the Commission appreciates the efforts of Broadcasting Stations for the in-depth coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, so far, and urges all Broadcasters to continue to provide efficient, professional and comprehensive service to the people based on National objectives and aspirations.

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