The National Broadcasting Commission calls 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 is to last for one month, in the first instance. The Commission shall issue further directives on this after detailed assessments of subsequent development.
The NBC had earlier requested broadcast stations to ensure timely basic information and updates on the subject matter.
Daily broadcast monitoring reports so far show that broadcast stations across the country have been giving detailed reportage on the campaign for awareness on Corona Virus.
However, the Commission notes 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.
The Commission commends broadcasters that have remained steadfast and displayed professionalism in this period.