Broadcast Regulation

Nigeria: Broadcasting Regulator Dragged To Court Over Amended Broadcasting Code

Nigeria's broadcasting regulator - the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is being taken to Court by a film production company based in Lagos, Nigeria over the recently amended broadcasting code.
According to reporting by Nigeria Communications Week, Oakfil Production Limited, based in the country's commercial city of Lagos, filed a deposition before a High Court Judge claiming that "the NBC lacks the requisite legal powers to make amendments to the broadcasting code.
Oakfil Production Limited is therefore asking the Court to declare the actions of the NBC over the amended broadcasting code as "ultra vires" and an irregular abuse of its powers. The plaintiff is also appealing to the Court to direct the NBC to abide by the correct procedures as stated in the Nigerian Broadcasting Act, and for an injunction restraining the NBC from acting and giving operational effect to on the disputed code.
It will be recalled that the amended Nigeria broadcasting code, among other provisions, states that content publishers and broadcasters in Nigeria are obliged to sub-licence its content to others if that content is deemed popular by the Nigeria viewers.

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