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NBC plans to increase licence fee , broadcasting code review

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has unfolded plan to increase television and radio station licence fee.

The commission said it will soon meet with stakeholders in the broadcasting industry to review the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

NBC Director-General Balareba Shehu Ilelah disclosed this at a press conference on Tuesday , in Lagos.

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“We’ll seek contributions from all stakeholders in the industry to review the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. We also considering upward review of broadcast licence for TV and radio stations”, he said.

Ilelah said the NBC as a regulator would ensure that the broadcast media performed their roles as required by the law.

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On his part, Executive Secretary, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Yemisi Bamgbose, advised the NBC against hiking broadcast licence fee now.

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“Let me appeal to the DG and of course the NBC not to increase the licence fee now. Broadcasters are already going through a very difficult time. So, I don’t think this is the best time to increase their licence fee or any other fees at all”, he said.

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