Satellite Broadcasting: NBC moves to sanction defaulters
By Juliet Umeh
The National Broadcast Commission, NBC has warned all broadcasters and users of satellite broadcasting in Nigeria to desist from broadcasting unwholesome content into the country.
Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Mr. Kanem Antia recently, said it has monitored in recent time the transmission of Free-To-Air satellite signals with unwholesome content into the Country and urged the broadcasters to observe the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the Act in order to escape sanctions.
Worried by this development, the NBC said it therefore became 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.
“The Commission has monitored in recent time 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, the Commission directed all broadcasters transmitting Free-To-Air satellite services MUST encrypt all broadcasting signals on their platform.
It also requested all Pay TV channels to observe the rules on Decency of broadcast Content.
It said: “Many Pay TV channels, especially, carry very vulgar, indecent and obscene contents. Broadcasters must take cognizance of the Code provisions on Watershed,’’ warning that the Commission will no longer tolerate unclassified, vulgar and obscene musical videos 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,” it added.
It however, commended the efforts of Broadcasting Stations for the in-depth coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, so far, and urged all Broadcasters to continue to provide efficient, professional and comprehensive service to the people based on National objectives and aspirations.