Reps’ Bill Empowers NBC To Decide Tariffs For DSTV, Others

Reps’ Bill Empowers NBC To Decide Tariffs For DSTV, Others

A proposed law to give the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission the sole power to decide the per-view cost for Digital Satellite Television Services, DSTV and other Broadcasting outfits in the country, is before the House of Representatives.

The bill exclusively obtained by VANGUARD on Monday, is sponsored by Rep. Unyime Idem(PDP-Akwa Ibom).

The Bill amends Section 2(1) of the Principal Legislation to read that the NBC, will “regulate and review through its broadcasting codes, the tariff being charged by the Digital Satellite Television Services and other broadcasting outfits in Nigeria and subscription policy for subscribers”.

Section 2(2), states that: “The Commission, shall further oversee the operations of the operators in the industries in the following manners: guarantee openness and competition in the industry favourably for the participation of all and sundry; promote efficiency and expand opportunities for participation of local investors in the industry, without downplaying the active foreign investment, assist local operators in the industry to attain and compete favourably.

“Set and review the broadcasting code and operational policy inclusive of its pricing and charged tariff from time to time, to allow for flexible players in the industry, review the broadcasting rights of every Digital Satellite Briadcast industry from time to time, to create room for flexible practice in the industry, the commission shall have the reserved sold right, to oversee the implementation of this process, without any interference”.

Recall that on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the NBC, during a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives, ordered MultiChoice/ DSTV to suspend new tariffs.

The Acting Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Mr. Armstrong Idachaba, ordered the management of MultiChoice, to suspend the implementation of its new hiked tariffs on different bouquets on its Digital Satellite Television, DSTV Besides, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also disclosed Federal government’s plan to break the Sporting rights monopoly of DSTV.

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