Regulation &Policy News - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Nigeria, 22 May 2012: The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa, has reiterated the Commission's stance transiting from analogue to digital come June 17, 2012. The DG who spoke to Leadership exclusively was very optimistic that the Commission would transit on or before the deadline, even as he hinted that the Federal government has approved the white paper submitted by the presidential advisory committee currently waiting adoption by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

- Nigeria: The Federal Government is in the process of enacting a law banning the importation of 'tokunbo' television and radio sets in compliance with the year 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of which Nigeria is a signatory. The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa, while addressing a lecture at the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)...To protect Nigerians from buying non-digital TV sets, the NBC boss said, "appropriate regulation will be enacted to stop the importation of analogue broadcast and receiver equipment and enforce the placement of warning signs by store owners and importers who have inventory of analogue equipment that such receivers may not receive digital content at switchover except when plugged to a set-top-box."