Broadcast Regulation

Why Nigeria Is Ending DStv's Monopoly In Sports Broadcasting — Government Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has announced that the Nigerian government is determined to end all monopoly in broadcasting because it is detrimental to the immense potential in the industry.

The minister said this yesterday (Sunday) at a meeting he had with Online Publishers in Lagos.

Mohammed mentioned that he, on Oct. 10, had inaugurated the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Reform Implementation Committee to, among other things, implement reforms to put an end to monopoly in the sector.

The committee was also tasked with reviewing the National Broadcasting Code and broadcasting laws to give stiffer penalties for violators of broadcast regulations as approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

NAN reports that when the committee implements its mandate, television viewers, especially lovers of sports, will possibly witness an end to MultiChoice’s current monopoly on the live airing of important sporting events.

High-profile sporting matches, especially for popular sports, mainly soccer, are currently only offered to the subscribers of DSTV.

DSTV has the monopoly on the live broadcasts of the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League in Nigeria.

A reliable source within the ministry told NAN that the era of liberalisation is expected to see the sporting events being accessed by other pay-TV and free to air platforms in the country.

It will be recalled that the Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA) took a similar step by unveiling various Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations in 2018.
The bill was aimed at making significant sporting events accessible for free to all South African citizens,

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