Broadcast Regulation

Feb 24, 2020  |  Nigeria: NBC’s Acting DG Plans To Tackle Broadcasting Monopoly - Reports

Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the acting Director-General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said that the organisation is committed to effective regulations and reforms to checkmate monopoly in Nigeria’s broadcasting space. Idachaba stated this at a conference in Abuja ...


Feb 20, 2020  |  Zimbabwe: Govt Calls For Responsible Broadcasting By Community Radio Stations

Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has urged communities that will soon be issued with community radio station licences to exercise restraint in their coverage as broadcasting can be divisive. The Minister said that the government, through the State-owned Broadcasting Authority ...


Feb 19, 2020  |  Ethiopia: New Broadcast Law Feared To Be Undermining Free Speech

The Ethiopian government recently passed a law that criminalises hate speech and fake news, a move that has been widely criticised by human rights groups as a significant threat to freedom of expression. The Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and ...


Feb 18, 2020  |  MISA Zimbabwe Calls For Reforms At ZBC

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has called on the government to play its critical role in enforcing reforms at the national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). In its statement, MISA Zimbabwe said that the issue needs to ...


Modibbo Kawu, Nigeria's Broadcast Regulator Boss Suspended From Office - Reports

President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly suspended the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, from his office. Sources that work in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said that Modibbo got the ...

Nigeria: Forum Demands Withdrawal Of Hate Speech Bills

Participants at the recently concluded Townhall Forum convened by Africa Independent Television, AIT. LIVE have called for the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria’s Hate Speech and Fake News bills that are currently pending before the National Assembly. In a document issued ...

Zimbabwe Revises Broadcasting Licence Fees

The Zimbabwean government has revised its fees for broadcasting licences that were previously charged in US dollars and changed them to the local currency in order to allow universities, colleges and other educational institutions to operate their own radio stations.  ...

Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association Sues NCA Over DTT Access Control Policy -Reports

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly dragged the National Communications Authority and the Attorney General’s Department to court over the NCA’s decision to enforce Conditional Access for Free-to-Air TV broadcast. GIBA says that the Conditional Access for Free-to-Air ...

Nigeria’s Govt Ends MultiChoice’s Exclusive Rights To English Premier League -Reports

The Nigerian government has reportedly issued a directive ending exclusive rights in broadcasting major sporting events in the country. This means that MultiChoice’s long-standing monopoly on the live airing of high-profile sports events has come to an abrupt end. The ...

Nigeria: Govt Instructs Broadcasting Commission To Create Jobs

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has instructed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately rollout measures to re-position the broadcast industry with a view to sanitise the sector, create jobs, promote local content, boost the advert ...

Ghana: Broadcasters’ Association Introduces Revised Standard For Free-to-Air TV Broadcasters

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has introduced a revised standard on Direct-To-Home (DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receivers that will make the Conditional Access System (CAS) non-mandatory for all Free-To-Air (FTA) receivers. The new standard rolled out by ...

Zambia Welcomes New Board For Independent Broadcasting Authority

Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya, introduced a new seven-member board of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) earlier this week. The new board comprises of Sipho Phiri, Beatrice Mwansa, Chanda Kasolo, Claire Limbwambwa, Chalimba Phiri, Margaret Kaniki ...

Nigeria: NBC To Issue 200 New Licences To Broadcast Stations -Reports

The Director-General of Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Is’haq Modibbo Kawu recently disclosed that the commission has decided to issue 200 additional licenses for broadcasting stations across the country. Kawu made this announcement while speaking at the fifth anniversary of ...

Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Minister Calls For Regulator To Open Electronic Media Space

Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe’s Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, has called on the new Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe board to expedite the opening up of the electronic media space in Zimbabwe and ensure that citizens enjoy their rights as stipulated ...