BY EVELYN DADU, ABUJA – The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for the Federal Government to as a matter of necessity revisit the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code.
Osinbajo noted that the code has generated unhealthy controversies particularly as it seeks to regulate content exclusivity, enforce content sharing and empower the NBC to determine prices at which content is sold to sub-licensees by rights holders.
The Vice President, who stated these on Friday during a session on his Facebook’s Policy and Communication, Nick Clegg, stressed that there is therefore the need to take a second look at the code in order not to “stifle the work of hardworking and creative people
Osinbajo also said that the fine for hate speech which was increased from N500,000 to N5million need urgent review as it has the potential of affecting broadcasting negatively.
In his words; “The NBC code is one where there is now activity around trying to take a second look at it. Those who say that it is pro-competition, it is one I think we should take a second look at.
“Basically, it says if you have a licenced product for TV, you’re expected to share it with other platforms. It’s one which I understand the argument of those who say this is a violation of copyright and intellectual property which is a very strong point.
“This is why I think we have to take a second look at it and see whether there are ways of moderating it to be more acceptable so as not stifle the work of very hardworking, creative people,” he stressed.