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NBC has sanitised airwaves in Southeast -- Zonal director

NBC has sanitised airwaves in Southeast -- Zonal director

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanitised the airwaves in the Southeast geo-political zone with broadcast stations complying with its codes, an official said.

Addressing a news conference in Enugu on Wednesday as part of the commission’s 20th anniversary celebration, the Zonal Director, Mrs Victoria Eke, said the zonal office had worked hard to ensure that the 51 stations in the area complied with the NBC codes.

``The codes are where we have the dos and don’ts. All the broadcast stations in this zone are now complying with our codes,’’ she said.

The director said that even where stations failed to comply, they were usually ready to desist from continuing offending broadcasts when reprimanded.

In a message to the anniversary conference, the Director-General of NBC, Mr Yomi Bolarinwa, said the commission had licensed 348 broadcasters nationwide.

He said the number was made up of 233 radio and television stations owned by the federal and state governments, 123 private radio and television stations and 46 cable stations.

Bolarinwasaid the commission had made positive impact on broadcast professionalism on the side of the individual broadcasters as well as on the side of broadcast organisations.

``We have put some sanity into election coverage by broadcasting stations nationwide. We have promptly resolved and minimised issues of signal interference and other technical problems,’’ he said.

The director general said the commission had succeeded in making local content the only menu during the family viewing times of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

He said the commission was poised to raise the bar of the family belt to 4 p.m. and to include morning hours at weekends.

``This is part of our strategy to fight cultural imperialism and help strengthen local production in music, video and film to consolidate our gain in helping to develop a vibrant entertainment industry,’’ he said.

The anniversary celebration is slated for Friday. (NAN) 

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