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Govt to Shut Down 22 Radio Stations

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Oyo State Government has disclosed that no fewer than 22 private radio stations that are operating without approved building plans in Ibadan, the state capital, would soon be shut down.

It also stated that over 1,000 structures on the waterways, flood prone areas and other risk sites and those without approved building plans have also been listed for demolition.

It declared that other structures; abandoned and dilapidated buildings constituting security threats to the people of the sited areas and the state in general were also among those billed to be levelled.

Alhaji Waheed Gbadamosi, Director General, Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control stated these while addressing a press conference at the film theatre of the state ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Tuesday.

Gbadamosi who frown at the inability of the media houses to get approval from the appropriate agencies in the state, informed that most of the residential structures turned to

commercial ventures especially in Ibadan would soon be asked to pay high fine/fee for doing such.

He said: “Over 22 radio stations don’t have approved building plans. They are more than 22 of them. They don’t have building plans. Most of them turned residential buildings into commercial ventures.”

The DG, who said that the government has decided to take necessary actions to close the radio stations down, also informed that the case has been brought to the attention of National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, for necessary actions.

He said the need to take legal action and exercise patience before the closure was necessary so as not to see the close as a political tool in waging war against the media in the state.

According to him, “When we want to close them down, we know it may create some security threat, we have brought the case to the NBC for necessary actions and sanctions.

“They have converted residential buildings to commercial ventures. Such development is going to bring and attract vehicular and human traffic to the area, is there plans for that?

“If you change your structure from residential to commercial, you will pay N25million fine/fee.

“The laws have to be obeyed, people must conform, you cannot see a white man and start a construction without a building plan.

“By the time we imposed a very huge fees, it will serve as a deterrent to others.”

Gbadamosi then declared that over 1,000 structures have to go due to documented building plans.

He said: “The state government is going to do a thorough demolition; over 1,000 structures are to go if you don’t have a valid building approval.

“We are ready to transform Oyo State within the short period that is left.

“You have a lot to report, those of you in the papers, you have a lot to report and you

will sell your papers, and those of you in the electronic media, you have a lot to report.”

Gbadamosi added that abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures in the state capital are also on the list of structures due for demolition due to the security threat they constitute for the people of the state.

“There are so many abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures in the state, they are constituting security threat to the people of the area. You know they are abode for miscreants and they have to go,” he said.

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Reps Mull New Broadcast Law

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House of Representatives on Thursday sought the enactment of a new broadcast law for the country to incorporate digital broadcasting.

 

Principally, the House wants the new law to clearly define the “roles and responsibilities of the Federal, State, Local Governments and the private sector.”

 

Innovations expected include legalising Digital Access Fee and Conditional Access Fee.

 

The recommendations were contained in the report of an ad hoc committee of the House, which investigated the “Process of Digital Switch Over in Nigeria.”

 

The House considered and approved the recommendations at its session presided over by Mr. Yussuff Lasun, deputy speaker, in Abuja.

 

The report was laid by Mr. Sunday Katung, committee chairman..

 

The report also sought the amendment of the National Broadcasting Commission Act to strengthen its regulatory duties and “develop a standard regulatory documentation for digital broadcasting, as contained in the White Paper report.”

 

The House added, “The NBC and the Ministry of Information should develop the proposed National Media Content Policy for Digital TV era, covering a media content Master Plan.”

 

On the manufacturing of Set Top Box for the operation of the switch over era, the House asked the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to monitor compliance with standards, “to avoid a situation where the country is turned into a dumping ground for sub-standard and obsolete equipment.”

 

It also recommended the withdrawal of the licences awarded to manufacturers to produce the boxes if they fail to establish plants in the country.

 

The House noted that the idea of establishing plants in the country was to generate employment opportunities for its army of unemployed youths.

 

The House called for a thorough supervision of the ongoing implementation of the DSO in phases and directed that “at least 80 per cent of an assigned state” should be covered before moving to another state.

 

It also directed that “analogue broadcasting should not be switched off until 95 per cent DSO coverage is achieved in the country.”

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Somkele In A New DStv Explora Commercial

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MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled a brand new campaign for itsdecoder, the DStv Explora 2 which features its latest brand ambassador, AMVCA 2017 Trailblazer award winner, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama.

The 60 second video highlights the featuresof the all new sleeker decoder model, which Somkele animatedly discloses through different scenes; revealing that with the instant replay, pause and record features, the Explora gives her more flexibility and the ultimate home entertainment control.

With other features such as the BoxOffice and Catch Up Plus, customerscan conveniently rent and watch latest blockbuster movies on their Explora decoders. Theycan get instant access and double the number of amazing lineup of the latest and greatest shows and movies once their Explora is connected to the internet.

Martin Mabutho, the general manager, Marketing and Sales, MultiChoice said: ‘’The DStv Explora gives customers more control over their viewing experience. We believe in delivering value to our customers by shaping the business to respond to our customers’ needs. The new decoder is poised tochange viewing experience with more options and features with a click of a button’’.

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Kwesé TV, TV One Sign 3-Year Exclusive Broadcast Deal

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Kwese TV Africa’s Dynamic satellite TV network, has signed an exclusive broadcast deal which will see the addition of TV One content to its programming.

With a brand promise to represent the best of African American culture and entertainment, past, present and future, TV One content soon will be available to Kwesé TV viewers across the continent.

The addition of TV One programming adds a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series and movies.

Econet Media President and CEO, Joseph Hundah, comments on the deal: “We are always looking for fresh, rich and entertaining content to add to our line-up, thus the addition of TV One to our bouquet is great feat,

“The network’s compelling and distinctive programming will help broaden and strengthen the diversity of our international content offering. We are confident TV One’s high-quality and well-rounded content will captivate viewers across the continent.”

The three year partnership will see in excess of 25 of TV One’s most popular titles and series, including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Mikki Howard Story, The Black List and sitcoms Born Again Virgin and  Love That Girl.

Michelle Rice, TV One’s Interim General Manager and EVP, said “We thank Kwesé for its partnership and commitment to offering their consumers an opportunity to experience the best in African American culture and entertainment,”

 “We are delighted thatKwesé TV viewers will now have access to TV One’s robust slate of informative and entertaining original programming created with the urban audience in mind.”

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