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FG offers new payTv platform, TSTv, tax relief

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the new PayTV platform, TSTV, would enjoy a pioneer status with a three-year tax relief, reports ITRealms.

The Minister made this disclosure in Abuja on Sunday night at the unveiling of TSTV, and said that the TSTV Managing Director, Dr. Bright Echefu, have come at a very good time because this government only recently granted a pioneer status to the creative industry and what this means is that you will be entitled to a three-year tax relief and all your investors will not pay any tax dividends," he said.

The Special Assistant (SA) to Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, quoted Alhaji Mohammed said the unveiling of TSTV has totally redefined the payTv platform and, by extension, the TV industry, through the provision of access to people in all segments of society to enjoy high quality entertainment.

"What Dr. Echefu has done is to democratize the media and entertainment industry and make it possible for all to have access to the best entertainment in the world. Just like a Nigerian also made history by crashing the cost of telephony in Nigeria, I am glad that another Nigerian is now coming forward also to crash the price of PayTV," he said.

The Minister said the advent of Digital Switch Over in broadcasting in Nigeria has created a paradigm shift in the television industry, where compelling contents will now attract viewership.

He identified lack of objective audience measurement mechanism as a key factor against investment in content production, but disclosed that his ministry is planning a workshop to address the challenge.

Alhaji Mohammed said the Creative Industry played a critical role, along with other non-oil sector players, in pulling Nigeria's economy out of recession, and that the government plans to develop the industry to contribute 5% to the GDP, as against its current contribution of 1.36 per cent by 2020.


He commended Dr. Echefu for his courage of conviction and belief in Nigeria and pledged the readiness of the Federal Government to continue to create the conducive environment for private sector investments to thrive.

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