Broadcast Regulation

MultiChoice Nigeria Insists That GOtv Licence Has Been Renewed

The management team of MultiChoice Nigeria, the owners of GOtv and DStv, has confirmed that it has renewed GOtv’s licence with the National Broadcasting Commission.

However, the pay-TV company did not confirm if its licence had been cancelled by the regulatory body. In response to questions brought forward by the media, the company’s Public Relations Manager, Caroline Oghuma said that MultiChoice is aware of the various media reports alleging that GOtv’s licence had been cancelled.

She reassured MultiChoice customers that GOtv’s permit had been renewed and added that the company remains committed to offering only the best international and indigenous entertainment to its esteemed customers.

Speculations have been made recently that the renewal of the GOtv licence was contrary to the government’s report on Digital Switch Over and that the regulatory body had revoked the licence of the pay-TV operator.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed was quoted last month to have said that the decision to renew GOtv’s licence for three years contradict the position of the white paper on the Digital Switch Over, making it not only illegal but also a blatant disrespect for the state’s laws and national institutions.

A Federal Government Digital Switch Over white paper on Nigeria’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting had declared that after June 2019, the Pay Direct To operators would no longer be licensed to work as both signal distributors and content providers.

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