The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has called on all Pay Subscription Broadcasters (GOTv, DSTV, NTA Startimes, FreeTv Platform, etc) 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.
The decryption it said, is expected to last for one month, in the first instance, while further directives on this will be issued by the Commission after detailed assessments of subsequent development.
The NBC had earlier requested broadcast stations to ensure timely basic information and updates on the subject matter.
According to the Commission in a statement, daily broadcast monitoring reports so far indicate that broadcast stations across the country have been giving detailed reportage on the campaign for awareness on Coronavirus.
However, the Commission noted with dismay that a few broadcasters aired unsubstantiated news and names of persons purportedly infected by the virus without required professional authentication.
“Broadcasters are further mandated to allot, at least, 10% of their daily airtime to public enlightenment on the virus, in line with National interest and Social Responsibility, as enshrined in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code”, it said.
The Commission commended broadcasters that have remained steadfast and displayed professionalism this period.