NBC to establish Institute for Broadcast Policy and Regulation in 2022 – DG NBC

The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Shehu Ilelah, has said that the Commission will establish the Institute for Broadcast Policy and Regulations in 2022.

Ilelah, who made the disclosure at a news conference yesterday in Abuja, said that the establishment of the Institute would enhance professionalism in the broadcast industry.

He said that his Commission had initiated the partnership with National Universities Commission, (NUC) and National Board for Technical Education, (NBTE) for broadcast curricular accreditation at the nation’s tertiary institutions. “Preparations for the establishment of Institute for Broadcast Policy and Regulation are top in my agenda for next year. This is to ensure professionalism”, he emphasised.

Ilelah reiterated the need for professionalism in broadcasting and urged the new licensees to pay their licence fees as requested by law before the due dates to avoid penalties. “For the already established broadcasting stations owing licence renewal fees, we are putting them on notice that they have up till February 17, 2022 to pay their debts or have their licences withdrawn and reallocated to prospective licensees”, he stated.

According to the Director-General, the affected broadcasting stations are owing licence fees amounting to about N4 billion.

On Digital Switch Over, (DSO), Ilelah said that the commission took very important progressive steps towards the actualisation of the project in the country.

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