Pay TV firms told to decrypt local nets
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed pay TV operators to allow viewers to watch local channels via their platforms even after their subscriptions expired.
This directive is aimed at enabling viewers to watch daily updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
“The National Broadcasting Commission calls on all pay subscription broadcasters 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 coronavirus pandemic,” said the NBC.
“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 has also mandated broadcasters in the country to dedicate 10% of their daily airtime to informing the public on the pandemic.
“The commission commends broadcasters that have remained steadfast and displayed professionalism this period,” the NBC added.
Referring to its earlier request that broadcast stations ensure timely basic information and updates on Covid-19, the NBC noted that broadcast stations across the country have been providing detailed reporting to educate the public on the global crisis.
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