Nigeria: Group Lobbying For Removal Of Multichoice's Stranglehold On Industry
A pressure group, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), is continuing its campaign against Multichoice Nigeria, stating that the pay-tv operator is still ignoring the content diversity aimed at national growth and development in the country's northern parts. CNG has further called upon enforcement to boycott the pay-tv operator's services in the entire region.
Allegedly, out of 135 television channels on DSTV, no Nigerian "northern-owned" TV or Radio channels has been brought on board.
In a statement by Balarabe Rufai, the Group's National Coordinator, CNG said they have observed and raised their concerns through petitions to the High Commission of the Republic of South Africa, the Senate Committee on Communication, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to intervene at the lack of transparency demonstrated by Multichoice.
The Group cited that the pay-tv operator has deliberately excluded broadcast news, current affairs and infotainment from northern private companies. Additionally, millions of audiences in diverse communities in Nigeria, the West African sub-region, and parts of the Middle East Africa (MEA) region are denied English and Hausa content aired by the excluded stations, said CNG.
CNG had filed a petition to FCCPC alleging discriminatory policies against the Hausa language, which is regarded as the second most used communication language. This view has been acknowledged in broadcast channels like British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa, Deutsche Welle Hausa, the Voice of America Hausa, and many others.