Tony Okoroji, Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), has said the new codes released by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is unworkable and unconstitutional.
He said this in a tweet on Monday.
He warned the commission against over-reaching its power “and assume the powers of the National Assembly”, urging them to revisit the code.
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understand the good intents of the new NBC broadcast code but some of the provisions are unworkable, some are even unconstitutional. The commission cannot over-reach its powers and assume the powers of the National Assembly. The code needs to be revisited.
— Tony Okoroji (@Tonyokoroji) June 15, 2020
The NBC, in the new regulation, states that every broadcaster must license its broadcast and/or signal rights in any genre of programming to another broadcaster in Nigeria if “the genre of programme(s) enjoy(s) compelling viewership by Nigerians; it relates to a product or service that is objectively necessary to be able to compete effectively on a downstream market; or if it is likely to lead to the elimination of effective competition on the downstream markets”.
The new subsidiary legislation adds that refusal to comply will lead to consumer deprivation and stipulates the imposition of a N10 million for operators who fail to comply.