NBC is insisting that operators of newly-licenced free television stations should abide by broadcasting codes.
The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof. Amstrong Idachaba, made this known on Friday when the management of a station known as ‘Our TV’ paid him a courtesy visit and formally presented the station’s set-up box to the commission in Abuja.
He revealed that broadcasting in Nigeria came with responsibilities of abiding by the broadcasting codes and carrying contents that were safe for viewing.
Idachaba appreciated the management of ‘Our Tv’ for demonstrating rare commitment to the promotion of local content in Nigeria, and guaranteed ‘Our Tv’ of the support and cooperation of NBC management in ensuring its success.
He advised that the station should be focused and dedicated in the advancement of unity among Nigerians, and as well, to ensure that Nigerians are regarded positively globally.
“We commend you for your continued commitment to the broadcast industry. I am quite sure you have invested your resources, time and energy in promoting broadcasting in Nigeria.
‘‘We are glad that part of what you are putting up is largely indigenous, production line for set-up boxes. I take cognisance of the fact that you are already creating jobs for the Nigerian youth.
‘‘Be sure that whatever contents you carry must promote image of Nigeria, culture and conditions. You must bring Nigerians together; you must not bring hate or divisiveness.
“We hope you become good ambassadors representing us at international hub.
“When you do that I can assure you that the current management of NBC and even in the future will give you all the support that you require,” Idachaba said.