news24.com, Mar. 31
Abuja — The Nigerian government Tuesday banned local broadcast media from live transmission of news broadcasts from foreign stations, a practice described by officials as a “professional aberration”.
The head of the nation’s state-run broadcast regulatory agency, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Sila Yisa, announced the ban during a news conference.
“In keeping with the mandate of monitoring the Nigerian airwaves, the NBC has put a stop to the relay of news and news magazine broadcasts from foreign stations by Nigerian terrestrial stations,” he said.
The ban, which becomes effective from April 1, became necessary because it was “a professional aberration” for a local station to relay live any news item that it had no control over, he said.
Such live broadcasts also pose a danger to Nigeria’s national interests, he said, without giving details.
“Any terrestrial broadcast station in Nigeria that conducts a live relay of news or news programmes of a foreign station will be sanctioned according to the prescription of the NBC code,” Yisa said.
The NBC approves, renews and withdraws broadcasts licences in Nigeria.
Foreign news and related programmes would only be allowed to be broadcast on local radio and television stations after the scripts were re-written and voiced locally, he also said.