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  • December 1, 2016
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The DG, NBC, Mall. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, and his Management team, today, received the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) to the Commission.

The DG informed the group that the Commission was the body that regulates, and control broadcasting in Nigeria. He added that at the moment the Commission was working strenuously to conclude Nigeria’s transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and was concluding work for the Abuja rollout of the DSO coming up in the middle of December, 2016.

Mall. Modibbo pointed out that what will be done in Abuja was not a pilot but the beginning of the Switch over process. He informed the COSON team that the pilot phase was done in Jos which gave the residents of the city the opportunity to watch 15 channels. However in the Abuja rollout, residents will receive 30 free channels which will consist of 5 local channels, 5 regional channels and 20 national channels and this process will be replicated in other parts of the country.

The DG noted that content was at the heart of everything we do in the industry and that is why what we do at the Commission was very important. He also informed members of COSON that in the past weeks, the NBC has organised a content production financing workshop in Lagos, Enugu and Kano respectively for content providers. He also added that the Commission will kick start a digital economy in the digital era.

Mall. Modibbo added that digital TV will provide lots of opportunities for young people. He pointed out that there will be a digital access fee, and added that the Commission was trying to create a Content development fund. He reiterated that for the NBC, “the nitch that we occupy in broadcasting and the digital era will enable us to do more and assist broadcast stations. Therefore, the work of COSON was very vital to what we do at the Commission.” He believed that the NBC and COSON could work together.

In his response the Chairman of COSON, Chief Alex Tony Okoroji, thanked the DG and his team for the warm reception accorded them and used the opportunity to congratulate the DG on his 6 months in office, today, 25th November, 2016.

He noted that the broadcast industry in Nigeria was great and as the country move to the digital era, transmitters will no longer be bought but rather the energy will be fully focused on content creation.

Chief Okoroji thanked the NBC for its intervention role played in resolving the dispute between COSON and the broadcast stations 2 years ago. He added that it was a great sign of institutions working together in the country.

He stressed that the purpose of their visit was to call on the NBC, once again, to intervene by helping enforce the agreement signed by COSON and the stations to resolve the dispute.

The representatives of the body further urged the NBC to always ensure that before stations renew their licences they should request for COSON receipts from them or licences will not be renewed.

The Chairman COSON thanked the NBC for their support over the past years. He also added that the body will continue to work with the NBC for the betterment of the country.

The DG,NBC thanked COSON for the visit and added that the NBC will try as much as possible to assist in the development of media & art and will work with COSON very closely to ensure that  the agreement that has been signed will be enforced.


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