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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stakeholders insist on 70% local content for DSO deployment

Stakeholders in the nation’s Digital Switch Over (DSO) broadcast industry have insisted that local content must be 70 per cent or nothing, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as they maintained that the collection of Television (TV) and Radio License fee would be pooled to support content production in the country.

Arising from a meeting of broadcast stakeholders convened by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently in Abuja, they affirmed that the next phase of DSO journey would be the launch of the switch over in the six states simultaneously.

ITRealms gathered that these six states include Kaduna in North-West, Kwara in North-Central, Gombe in North-East, Enugu in South-East, Osun in South-West and Delta in South-South.

The stakeholders in a 19-point communique made available to ITRealms at the end of the meeting, pointed out that hate speech and inciting comments could endanger good order in the country, therefore, NBC was advised to collaborate with Center for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development and incorporate the outcome in the review of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

Broadcasters, the meeting said, should strike a balance between freedom of speech and hate speech, urging NBC to be firm on the issues of national security.

“That NBC should publish research works on various issues beyond hate speech,” they submitted.

The meeting was declared open by the Director General of the NBC, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu and had in attendance, Chairman, Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON), Mr.John Momoh, Chairman Digiteam Nigeria, Engr. Edward Amana, State Commissioners of Information, State Permanent Secretaries in charge of Information, and 415 other participants made up of Broadcast Licensees, Broadcast Signal distributors, Set Top Box manufactures, Content aggregators, Content producers, media Correspondents and other stakeholders.

Uboshe Uboshe/GEE 
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