The director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Shehu Ilelah, has said that the commission will establish the Institute of Broadcasting Policies and Regulations in 2022.
Ilelah, who made the disclosure at a press conference Thursday in Abuja, said the establishment of the institute would enhance professionalism in the broadcasting industry.
He said the commission had initiated a partnership with the National University Commission (NUC) and the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) to pass on curricular accreditation in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
“Preparations for the establishment of the Broadcasting Policy and Regulation Institute are high on my agenda for next year. This is to ensure professionalism, ”he said.
Ilelah reiterated the need for professionalism in broadcasting, saying: “We know the damage that fake news, hate speech and unprofessional broadcasting have cost society.
“We must be extremely cautious with the content we publish. NBC prides itself on its professionalism, efficiency and integrity in fulfilling its mandate as a regulator, ”he said.
The CEO urged new licensees to pay their license fees, as he requested expiration dates to avoid penalties.
“For established broadcasting stations that owe license renewal fees, we notify them that they have until February 17, 2022 to pay their debts or withdraw their licenses and reassign them to potential licensees,” he said.
According to him, the affected broadcasting stations owe license fees amounting to about 4 billion naira.
On digital change (DSO), Ilelah said that the commission took very important progressive steps towards updating the project in the country.
“In my first month in office, I established an NBC Steering Committee that reviewed the challenges of the previous DSO launch across the country from the pilot launch in Jos in 2016 to Lagos this year.
“Also in November, my team was in Kano for the changeover of digital terrestrial television transmission signals, thus providing the digital experience to viewers of television content in the state,” he said.