Broadcast Regulation

Nigeria: NBC Introduces 6th Broadcasting Code To Minimise Fake News

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has introduced a new edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, the 6th edition in its series. This new edition was brought about to enhance development and professionalism in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.
Mallam Isaq Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General of the NBC, said that the new broadcasting code would reposition Nigeria’s broadcasting landscape and also tackle the issues of hate speech and fake news that characterise the industry.

He also took the time to explain the government’s readiness with regards to the completion of the digital switchover project despite the shortage of funds.
He said that the Commission had embarked on a rollout plan in all six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, especially Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt where potential investors are keen to jump in and explore the many opportunities in the project.
The Director-General announced that a new timetable would be released once it had received approval from the Board of the Commission but assured that the Commission would order pay-TV operators to refrain from the further broadcasting of free terrestrial TV channels as soon as the national analogue Switch off is concluded.

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