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Reps Probe Dstv Operations, Charges

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The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, resolved to investigate alleged exorbitant charges and refusal by MultiChoice Satellite Television company to adopt Pay-As-You-Go package option for customers.

The house also mandated its Committee on Information and Culture, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to interface with the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant agencies to address the issue.

This followed a motion by Rep. Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna-APC). In the motion, Abbas said that the increasing subscription of the various bouquets offered by Multichoice and its refusal to offer pay-as-you-go option to customers caused financial anguish to subscribers.

He said that it had been a practice for the company to increase subscription of its packages almost on a yearly basis.

“In 2013, the monthly subscription increased by seven to 10 per cent; in 2014, by 10 to 15 per cent and in 2015, by 10 to 22 per cent and just recently, the company sent a notification of another price increase from May 1, 2017.

“Dstv does not have a pay-as-you-go plan like similar communication companies around the world, thereby making its subscription plan to expire at the end of the monthly subscription period, whether or not the subscriber uses the services.”

Abbas explained that the regular increase in the subscription of the various bouquets on offer and the refusal to adopt a pay-as-you-go option was against all known and fair business practices all over the world.

He expressed concern over the seeming inability of NCC, the regulatory company, to exercise its authority in the industry.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, who presided at plenary. The house, therefore, mandated the committees investigating the matter to report back to it in eight weeks.

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Missing Journalist Found Dead in Anambra

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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

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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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