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NFVCB Seizes Films Worth N300m, Prosecutes 5 Suspects

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) said it seized uncensored, unclassified and pirated films worth over N300 million and prosecuted five suspected pirates in 2017.

Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of the board made the disclosure on Friday while briefing the NFVCB Board members on its operations for the past year.

Thomas said that the items were confiscated at Alaba International Market, Lagos, Kubwa, Banex Plaza and Wuse Market in Abuja, as well as Benin City in Edo, and then in Kaduna.

According to him, the seized items include; production equipment, DVD’s, CD copies of 20 in 1 video films, unclassified foreign and local films, as well as pornographic materials.

He added that the suspects arrested during the period were already charged to court in accordance with the enabling laws of the board.

“Our enforcement drive resulted to the removal of these unapproved film and video works with street value of over N300 million.

“This will serve as a deterrent and also prevent such illegal products from selling in the market at the expense of genuine ones.

“The creative industry is acclaimed to have contributed 1.4 per cent to Nigeria’s GDP, and it can do more for owners, producers, and distributors of films and video works to get value from their investment.

“If the sector is in a mess, investors will not come, that is why we are cleaning the market for the film owners to enjoy the rewards for their works,’’ he said.

Thomas noted that the prosecution of five suspects secured by the board during the year was its first since it was established.

He attributed the success recorded by the board during the period of the unrelenting activities of its Task Force, a body constituted to champion the raid of illegal film outlets across Nigeria.

He added that the board has secured the collaboration of the Nigerian Police Force, which has speed up the arrest and prosecution of film and video business offenders.

Thomas said the Task Force’s mandate was to rid the Nigerian market of unapproved distributions, unlicensed distributors and exhibitors, among other functions.

“The Task Force was able to carry out strategic enforcement against films and video works not licensed for distribution in Nigeria.

“It is to also halt persons not licensed to carry out distribution of films and video works in Nigeria, especially at the popular film and video distribution hub call Alaba International Market,’’ he said.

Thomas said that the board, having noticed the increasing rate of illegal distribution of films on You-tube and other internet platforms, has reviewed its online distribution framework in collaboration with Google and other relevant stakeholders. He added that filmmakers now realize increase revenue from cinemas because of the unrelenting monitoring of the cinemas by the board.

It is empowered by law to classify all films and videos, whether imported or produced locally, and also register all films and videos outlet across the country, among other functions.

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DStv Emerges Preferred Pay TV Option for Nigerians

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MultiChoice Nigeria’s DStv and GOtv platforms have emerged as Nigerians’ preferred Pay TV service providers for home entertainment during the festive season of November and December 2019, into January 2020.

DStv Emerges Preferred Pay TV Option for Nigerians

This was revealed in a newly published independent report which surveyed hundreds of Nigerians from various walks of life in 27 states across the country.

According to the report published by Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng), 52% of respondents say that watching some form of TV at home is their preferred festive season activity, while over 48% of Cable TV customers say that DStv is their preferred service provider throughout the festive period, including during the Christmas and New Year holidays. 33% chose GOtv as their primary source of TV content.

The survey which had over 80% of its respondents under the age of 35 also suggests that watching TV was the overwhelmingly most popular activity amongst young people during the festive season. Only about 30% of respondents say they spend most of the festive season going out to visit family and friends or to party.

The report also provides some insight into the most popular programming types among young pay TV subscribers in Nigeria. 47% of respondents say they watch mostly foreign movies on their pay TV services, while 12% watch mostly Nigerian movies on channels such as Africa Magic. 16% of respondents watch mostly football and sports, while 11% spend most of their time watching music shows during the holiday season.

While highlighting the consumption behaviour of content consumers in the country during the end of year festive season, this report has further reconfirmed the acceptance of DStv and GOtv amongst Nigerians. With the recent launch of new DStv packages; DStv Confam and DStv Yanga which are specially customised for Nigerians, MultiChoice aims to unlock a new level of entertainment and value for customers, giving them improved choices and a brand new, more-value-for-money experience.

 

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APC Drags Adamawa Media Houses before NBC

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Adamawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has petitioned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), accusing some media houses in the state of not giving it right of reply.

   APC Drags Adamawa Media Houses before NBC

The APC brought the development to the notice of newsmen in the state capital, Yola, yesterday via a letter in which it stated, “After observing with grave concern in the past few months the inability of some media houses in the state to accord us the right to reply, we wrote to the National Broadcasting Commission seeking clarification.”

The APC did not mention names in its communication with newsmen, but its grouse would most likely rest against the media houses owned by the state government.

The petition by the APC brought to mind how incumbent governor, Umaru Fintiri, had complained shortly after he became governor-elect last year, how public media houses were servicing the interests of the government of that time as if the media houses were not run with tax payers’ money.

The letter from the APC, signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon Mohammed Abdullahi, was attached with a reply from the NBC in which the commission advised the party to take steps for redress.

The NBC made clarifications in its response letter from Musa Birniwa, Zonal Office in Maiduguri, signed by the Zonal Director, stating how broadcast media houses are required to give right of reply to complainants on false accusations.

It urged the APC to consider applying the appropriate measure to get right of reply.

Adamawa State is home to a number of media houses, including those owned by the state government, namely Adamawa State Television (ATV), Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC, a radio house), Adamawa Publishing Ltd, publishers of Scope weekly newspaper.

 

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Multichoice’ Back to School Season with DStv Thanks is Here Again

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It’s January, the holidays are over, and children are back to school. That comes with a whole lot of expenses. Buying almost a whole new wardrobe; School shoes, bags, socks and the rest.

MultiChoice with DStv Thanks has a back to school reward package with discounts on every purchase made from School Kits; a professional school supply and outfitting company and Nigeria’s pioneer one-stop shop for all school requirements.

With DStv Thanks, you get to enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase made from School Kits. Without stress, children can be fitted for school with products ranging from school wears, dress accessories, stationery, books, footwear, bags, boarding house requirements, sportswear, costumes, extra-curricular activities’ wear & accessories and ballet gear amongst others.

Everyone can then enjoy a slice of pizza after a hectic day at school with Domino’s Pizza giving out 15% discount off selected pizza pies.

With Addide’s 10% discount, stocking up on the children’s favorite things for school is made easier.

Lunch is not a problem with a discount of 5% on any purchase from The Place. So the kids can enjoy their favourite meals.

Get more value for less this season with the DStv Thanks. Simply pay your DStv subscription on time and enjoy all the benefits. Eligible customers can check and access their rewards by logging on to www.dstv.com/thanks using their last name or mobile number to access their voucher codes.

 

 

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