Nigeria: Nduka Obaigbena Shines On the Airwaves With AriseTV

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ARISE.TV, newly founded by THISDAY publisher, Chief Nduka Obaigbena, is expected to begin full broadcasting operation in the country by the first quarter of this year. Already, it has commenced light broadcasting operations in Europe on SKY Channel 234.

The TV station, which has Africa as its focus was launched last week after two days of test broadcasting from its news centres in New York, Johannesburg, Lagos and London. And its founder said it would be live on cable, satellite, the Internet and mobile devices.

But surprisingly, while the TV station announced that it is putting things in order for its smooth take-off in Nigeria in March, the National Broadcasting Commission[NBC] has denied knowledge of the existence of the station and its readiness to begin full broadcasting operation in the country.

NBC, in a statement last Wednesday, said Nduka's new television channel had not been licensed to operate in Nigeria.

Its Director-General, Yomi Bolarinwa, said "Arise News has not applied to the commission for a broadcast licence and does not have a licence to operate in Nigeria's territory."

Bolarinwa said the commission had been inundated with enquiries on the legal status of the station since the news of the launch broke, and that the TV station did not have a licence to operate in the country.

The NBC boss continued, "The NBC wishes to draw the attention of the public to the fact that the said television operation has not applied to the commission for a broadcast licence in accordance with the provisions of the law governing the establishment and operation of broadcasting stations in Nigeria as provided in Sections 2(1) (b)(c), 2(2) and 11 of the NBC Act No. 38, 1999.

"Section 2(2) states that no person shall operate or use any apparatus or premises for the transmission of sound or vision by cable, television, radio, satellite or any other medium of broadcast from anywhere in Nigeria except under and in accordance with the provisions of this Act.

"Section 11 states that a request by a person for authority to own, establish or operate a radio, sound, television, cable or satellite station shall be by way of an application for a licence addressed to the Director-General of the commission and in the form prescribed in the second schedule to this Act."