Mallam Is’haq Modibo Kawu, the new Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has lifted the ban on issuance of terrestrial TV licences in Nigeria.
Terrestrial television or broadcast television lets television broadcasting services transmit television signal by radio waves from the terrestrial (earth) transmitter of a television station to a TV receiver having an antenna.
The ban on issuance of new licences for terrestrial TV was imposed by the nation’s broadcast regulator in the wake of take-off of analogue to digital TV switch over underway in Nigeria, and slated to be completed by June 2017.
“The board of management of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) wishes to inform the broadcast community, stakeholders and the general public of the lift on the ban on terrestrial television licenses earlier placed by the Commission due to the digitisation process”, Kawu says in a statement announcing the lifting of the ban.
According to the new NBC boss, the broadcast regulator is now receiving, processing and considering applications for the grant of terrestrial television licences.
He asked interested applicants to apply for the licence “in tandem with terms and conditions as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code” at any of the NBC Zonal offices across Nigeria or its headquarters in Abuja.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]The ban on issuance of new licences for terrestrial TV was imposed by the nation’s broadcast regulator in the wake of take-off of analogue to digital TV switch over underway in Nigeria, and slated to be completed by June 2017. [/quote]The lifting of the ban is one of the major policy thrust of Kawu, the nation’s broadcast regulatory chief recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari among new Director-Generals for six parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Information, to replace those disengaged from service in February this year. Kawu’s appointment takes effect from May 25, this year.
Before his appointment, Kawu was the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Word, Sound and Vision (WSV) Multimedia Limited, a complete media service outfit that cuts across print, radio, television, Internet, as well as event marketing, marketing communications and training, based in Abuja.
According to his biodata, Kawu has 37 years of broadcasting experience straddling both radio and television. He was among the pioneer staff of Radio Kwara and was the pioneer General Manager of Kwara State Television Service, Kwara TV.
Widening his horizon, he had a stint with International Radio and has reported for international broadcasters including Radio France International, Radio Netherlands and BBC World Service.
The New DG of the NBC is also a prolific contributor to the print media environment with regular columns in Vanguard and Leadership Newspapers.
Kawu also held the position of the Editor of Daily Trust Newspaper, and later Chairman of the Editorial Board of the same paper.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and a Masters degree in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano.
The New NBC Director-General is from Kwara State, North-central Nigeria, and he is married with children.