Powers of the Commission
The Act of the National Assembly empowers the Commission, to carry out a number of duties, some of which include, licensing monitoring, regulating and conducting research in broadcasting in Nigeria. It is also the duty of the Commission, to ensure the development, in a dynamic manner, through the accreditation of the mass communication curricula in all the tertiary and other institution related to broadcasting. The National Broadcasting Commission is mandated by Section 2 subsection (1) of Act No 38 of 1992 as amended by Act No 55. of 1999 to carry out the following functions;
- Advising the federal government, on the implementation of the National Mass Communication Policy, with particular reference to broadcasting;
- Receiving, processing and considering applications, for establishment, ownership or operation of Radio and Television stations including;
- Cable Television Services, Direct Satellite Broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.
- Radio and Television stations owned established or operated by the Federal State And Local Government.
- And stations run under private ownership.
- Recommending applications, through the Minister of Information and, National Orientation, to the President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed forces, for the grant of radio and television licenses;
- Regulating and controlling the broadcast industry;
- Undertaking research and development in the broadcast industry;
- Receiving, Considering and investigating complaints from individual and bodies corporate, regarding the contents of a broadcasting station and the conduct of a broadcasting station;
- Upholding the principles of equity and fairness in broadcasting;
- Establishing and disseminating a national broadcasting code and setting standards with regards to the contents and quality of materials for broadcast;
- Promoting Nigerian indigenous cultures, moral and community life through broadcasting;
- Promoting authenticated Radio and Television audience measurement and penetration;
- Initiating and harmonizing government policies on Trans-border direct transmission and reception in Nigeria;
- Regulating ethical standards and technical excellence in public, private and commercial broadcast stations in Nigeria.
- Monitoring broadcasting for harmful emission, interference and illegal broadcasting;
- Determining and applying sanctions, including revocation of licenses of defaulting stations, which do not operate in accordance with the broadcast Code and in the public interest;
- Approving the transmitter power, location of stations, areas of coverage as well as regulate types of broadcast equipment to be used;
- Ensuring qualitative manpower development in the broadcasting industry, by accrediting curricula and programmes for all tertiary training institutions that offer Mass Communications in relation to broadcasting;
- Intervening and arbitrating in conflicts in the broadcast industry.
- Ensuring strict adherence to the national Laws, rules and regulations relating to the participation of foreign capital, in relation to local capital in broadcasting;
- Serving as national consultant on any legislative or regulatory issues on the broadcasting industry;
- Guaranteeing and ensuring the liberty and protection of the Broadcasting industry with due respect to the law and;
- Carrying out such other activities as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of all or any of the functions conferred on it under, or pursuant to this act.