March 27th , 2020
A Press Statement by the National Broadcasting Commission
The National Broadcasting Commission calls on all Pay Subscription
Broadcasters (GOTv, DSTV, NTA Startimes, FreeTv Platform, etc) in
Nigeria to decrypt all local channels on their bouquet to enable
subscribers to their services in Nigeria access, without hindrances,
daily reports and directives on the Corona virus pandemic.
The decryption is to last for one month, in the first instance. Further
directives on this shall be issued by the Commission after detailed
assessments of subsequent development.
The NBC had earlier requested broadcast stations to ensure timely
basic information and updates on the subject matter.
Daily broadcast monitoring reports so far indicates that broadcast
stations across the country have been giving detailed reportage on
the campaign for awareness on Corona Virus.
However, the Commission notes with dismay that a few broadcasters
aired unsubstantiated news and names of persons purportedly
infected by the virus without required professional authentication.
Broadcasters are further mandated to allot, at least, 10% of their
daily airtime to public enlightenment on the virus, in line with
National interest and Social Responsibility, as enshrined in the
Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
The Commission commends broadcasters that have remained
steadfast and displayed professionalism this period.