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Funding, Politics, Others Hobble DSO Projects

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Inadequate funding, set-top boxes, political and economic considerations have been identified as some of the threats to speedy roll out of Digital Switch Over (DSO) projects across the country.

 

The Guardian reported that two years after digital switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting was launched in Jos, Plateau State at its pilot phase, National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) roll out is moving at a snail speed with only six states covered so far.

 

While about 32 million set-top boxes are needed to cover the entire country, only a little over one million set-top boxes are ready.

 

Meanwhile, there are indications that the price of set-top boxes, officially pegged at N1, 500 currently, may be upwardly reviewed as distributors are mounting pressure on the commission to leave the price to market forces.

 

Godfrey Ohuabunwa, chairman, Set Top Box Manufacturers Association of Nigerian (STBMAN), stated in an interview with the Guardian that government could make between N50 billion and N300 billion from TV licenses in Nigeria even if 30-35 million people log on to it.

 

Ohuabunwa, who is also the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Gospell Digital Technology, said: “As such the benefits are huge. The process is slow but since government has assured of its commitment in moving to at least six states by the end of this year, it should be switching over.

 

“So, we are selling and manufacturing to the open market and we encourage government to make effort to subsidise.”

 

Kaduna State was the fourth to launch in December last year. This came almost two years after the pilot in Jos and one year after the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

 

The project, which appears to be in line with government’s effort to meet the 100 per cent target of moving the country from analogue to digital broadcast, has seen Nigeria miss several switch over deadlines before now.

 

Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, director general, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC),  had last week, met with STBMAN to x-ray their achievements, challenges and propose a way forward in the manufacturing and supplies of STBs in Abuja.

 

He noted that some of NBC’s challenges were getting the STDs factories functional to meet the production requirements of over 22 million TV homes; how to make the boxes affordable without compromising quality and ensuring that the operations are reasonably profitable and sustainable in the long-term.

 

There are also challenges of how to maximise the business opportunities for members of STD association, and in the interest of majority of Nigerians and how to deploy in good time to enable analogue switch off, without which the entire eco-system would remain unviable.

 

He lamented the unethical practice of STBms who refuse to supply the boxes that NBC had paid for, but bring them to launch locations and sell in a most unethical manner.

 

Dr. Armstrong Idachaba, NBC’s director, Broadcast Monitoring,  told The Guardian that digital switch over was a delicate process, adding that there were political, sociological and economic considerations to be managed

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Nigerians Protest DStv Tariff Hike, Urge Govt to Intervene

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Many Nigerians on Monday decried the announcement by Multichoice that it would increase its subscription rates for DStv packages from August 1.

 

Multichoice in its messages to its subscribers recently, said that it would, however, reduce its rates for Gotv on its satellite platform.

 

The company which recently announced the proposed increment said that its rate for the Dstv Premium package would be from N14, 700 to N15; 800; the Compact Plus would be increased to N10, 650 from N9, 900.

 

It added that the Compact package would be from N6,300 to N6,800; Family package would be increased from N3,800 to N4,000, and Access package would be from would be from N1,900 to N2,000.

 

It, however, said that each of its subscribers on Gotv Max package would begin to pay N3,200 instead of the previous N3,800.

 

It added that each of its subscribers on Gotv Plus, Gotv Value and Gotv Lite subscribers would be paying N1,900, N1,250 and N400, respectively, on monthly basis.

 

Some Nigerians condemned the proposed new rates in their posts on their social media platforms.

 

They said that it would amount to ripping them off of their hard earned money as well as wondered what was responsible for the sudden increase.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that a Twitter name Mazi Ubadire was quoted as saying: “I just saw a message on my DStv explorer about an upgrade of subscription from high to higher.

 

“What is the rationale behind this increment of subscription fees on DStv, the company needs to explain.”

 

Akinlade tweeted: “These DStv guys are not ready to do business. After showing the same programmes repeatedly till the subscriber gets tired, they are increasing their subscriptions.”

 

Abiodun Bukola said: “DStv has increased the price for premium again. These guys are bold.

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“The question we must ask DStv is how come they cannot change their subscriptions to Pay as you use?

 

“If not for the football channels my husband watches, I would have thrown that decoder in the bin.”

 

Olamipekun Adeshina tweets: “DStv has increased their subscription again, why are these people ripping us off like this and more importantly, why are we quiet? This madness has to stop.

 

“I just received a message from DStv about decreasing my channels by 15.8 (%) per cent. Is it with the new tariff or the old tariff? I don’t understand them.

 

“Is this how DStv will be reaping us up in our own country? Is this obtainable. in other countries where they exist? What happens to our consumer rights?”

 

Zoba Okorie tweeted: “DStv is a liability not an asset. It takes money off your pocket and doesn’t bring back cash flow. So, if you genuinely can’t afford it for now and pay comfortably, don’t get it.

 

“Don’t be pressurised by the internet people. Don’t try to fit in, just be you and leave within your means.’’

 

Blessing Nwanze tweeted: “Even with everyday repeat of movies and programmes, DStv is still increasing the amount of their brochure effective 1 August, 2018.

 

“This is really more money for nothing. Do we have a government? Can this be regulated or the government is on free subscription.”

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NBC Mulls Sanctions for Broadcast Stations over N4.2Bn Debt

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Is’haq Modibo Kawu, director general, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), said that the commission would wield the big hammer on broadcast stations across the nation for their indebtedness to the tune of N4.2billion.

 

Kawu,, who spoke on Monday at the NBC Summit 2018 with the theme “Broadcast Content Development: Deepening Democratic Culture in Nigeria,” organized for broadcast stations which was held in Enugu, said so many broadcast stations are currently indebted to the commission even when the commission was supposed to be generating revenue for the federal government.

 

Bilbis said: “Very soon NBC will begin to sanction broadcast station indebted to the commission. We are supposed to be gerating funds for the federal government, and N4.2billion is a whole lot of money. When we sanction, it’s because we need to sanction.”

 

He further explained that the broadcast stations indebted to the commission comprised both television and radio stations, adding that part of their indebtedness was in the failures to renew their licences with the commission over the years.

 

The event which was well-attended by notable broadcast media practitioners in the country was declared open by Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu state Governor.

 

 

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NBC Shuts Down Ekiti Broadcasting Stations Indefinitely

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has ordered the immediate shut down of the Ekiti state broadcasting service for infractions of the Nigeria broadcasting Code and the Electoral Act.

 

The Commission took this decision after unauthorized declaration of the governorship election results by Mr. Ayodele Fayose, state Governor on the Ekiti State Broadcasting stations.

 

In addition, the Governor went on air to make malicious and unsubstantiated claims against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigerian Police and the Department of Security Services.

 

The station will remain shut down till further notice.

 

The Commission had on Tuesday 5th June queried the station’s, Mr. Lere Olayinka, acting director general who is doubling as the spokesman for the PDP campaign organisation in breach of Section 5.2.18 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in letters to the Station and the State Government. Both letters were ignored by the recipients.

 

 

Maimuna Jimada, head, Public Affairs, said that the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service on Wednesday 11th July, 2018 was found in breach of sections 5.2.7 and 5.2.8 of the Code for which it was reprimanded and fined N500,000 by the Commission.

 

Jimada, quoted Mal. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, director general,  as saying that he “wishes to re-emphasize that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in conducting all programmes on their stations in respect to the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004 and the Electoral Act.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, Kawu hereby draws the attention of all, to the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

 

3.1.2 which states that:

Materials likely to incite or encourage to the commission of a crime or    lead to public disorder shall not be broadcast

 

5.2.15 which states that:

A broadcaster shall broadcast election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by the authorized electoral officer for the election.

 

Broadcasters are hereby also reminded that the Social Media is not an official source for release of election results.

 

The NBC wishes to reiterate that broadcasting stations must ensure proper gate keeping and professionalism in all programmes transmitted on their stations as the Commission would impose severe sanctions for any breach of the Broadcasting Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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