March 31, 2020 / 05:22 PM / By Broadcast Media Africa / Header Image Credit: NBC
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has called on all pay-TV subscription broadcasters in Nigeria such as DStv, GOTv, DSTV, FreeTv and Startimes, among others, to immediately decrypt all the local channels on their bouquets to allow all citizens access to their services in Nigeria without hindrances so that they can receive daily reports and updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement released by the NBC, the directive would initially last for one month, depending on the situation.
The Commission would issue further directives after more assessments of subsequent developments, it added.
The NBC had earlier instructed broadcast stations to ensure that timely information and updates are made available on the subject matter.
The statement further said that even though most broadcasters rose to the occasion, the Commission expressed dismay that a few broadcasters had aired fake news and made public the names of persons supposedly infected by the virus without getting the required permissions.
The Commission mandated Nigeria's broadcasters to allocate at least 10 percent of their daily airtime to updating the public on developments around the virus, in line with social responsibility and national interest, as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.