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Minister Commends Nigerian TV, Film Content Producers



Jason Njoku, CEO, Iroko TV briefing Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture at the 2017 MIPTV for TV and online content producers in Cannes, France

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture, on Wednesday hailed Nigerian TV and film content producers for their impressive work in deepening the industry, but challenged them to do more to tell the Nigerian story and do more of co-production to enrich their content.

The Minister made the commendation in Cannes, France, where he is at the head of the Nigerian delegation to the ongoing 2017 MIPTV, the biggest forum for TV and online content producers in the world.

He said he was quite impressed with the presence of such Nigerian content producers as Iroko, Aforevo and Consolidated Media Associates Ltd., owners of Soundcity and ontv, SpiceTV, Access24 and onMAX, at the global forum, hence his decision to personal visit their stands to encourage and support them.

On the importance of the forum, Alhaji Mohammed described MIPTV as ”a shopping mall for content and formats for channels,” adding: ”The idea of this MIPTV is to create a forum for the media and the entertainment world, especially the television and films, to meet other stakeholders including content producers and channel owners in an attempt to further deepen the industry.”

The Minister said his delegation, which includes Senator Sulaiman Adokwe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Information, and Mr. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), will leverage on their attendance of the forum to enrich the digitization of television broadcasting in Nigeria.

”We must see how we can build contacts and relationship that will enrich content production when we go fully digital,” he said, disclosing his plan to visit other African countries to exchange ideas on digitization.

As part of his activities at the forum on Wednesday, the Minister was taken on a guided tour of the sprawling venue of the MIPTV, during which he visited the stands of notable Nigerian content producers like Iroko and Aforevo, as well as those of Bollywood and Zee World.

Earlier on Tuesday, at a dinner hosted by the NBC for members of the Nigerian delegation, the Minister called for self-regulation by Nigerian content producers.

He said they should appreciate the fact that films are not just to entertain but also to educate, hence the need for them to get ”wholesome products”.

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Missing Journalist Found Dead in Anambra



Ikechukwu Onubogu, cameraman with the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) has been found dead four days after he was declared missing by members of his family.


Although the cause of his death remained sketchy, the News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the late Onubogu, who was at home with his wife, was said to have received a phone call in the afternoon on November12.


Sources said the deceased, thereafter, took his camera and left his home, located near the popular Aroma Junction in Awka, but never returned.


His remains, now deposited at the Amaku Teaching Hospital, Awka, were reportedly discovered on Thursday by men of the Nigerian Police Force at Obosi, near Onitsha.


In a statement on Friday, Uche Nworah, managing director of ABS, described late Onubogu as a “peace loving man that you would never expect that anybody would want to harm him”.


Nworah added: “The horrific death of our beloved and hardworking staff, Onubogu, has thrown the entire ABS family into mourning.


“He was dedicated to his job and would do anything to capture images that will help viewers to make meaning of every developing story.


“We will surely miss him. We cannot speculate at this time the circumstances leading to his death as the police is already working hard to unravel what happened.


“Our thoughts remain with his family, particularly his wife, who recently gave birth.”


Nworah said Onubogu’s death was a reminder of the dangers journalists face in Africa in the course of discharging their professional responsibilities.


The managing director urged friends, colleagues and associates of the late Onubogu to remember the family in their prayers in their difficult time.


Confirming the incident, ASP Nkeiru Nwode, state Police public relations officer, while commiserating with the family, assured the public that the police would uncover Onobogu’s killers.


“The police has commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death; we assure the public that no stone would be left unturned until the perpetrators are brought to justice,” Nwode said.

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Reps Mull New Broadcast Law



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



By peter oluka

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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