Emeka Mba says NBC helped Nigeria become the biggest broadcast market in Africa

The establishment of the National Broadcasting Commission -NBC in 1992 to deregulate the broadcast sector has helped Nigeria to become the biggest broadcast market in Africa with over 600 diversely owned stations across the country.

The director-general of NBC, Emeka Mba, stated this at the maiden annual lecture series organized by the commission in commemoration of her 23rd anniversary in Abuja.

He noted that before the deregulation of the broadcast industry through Decree No. 38 of 1992, the sector was monopolized by the government with a handful of radio and television stations owned by the federal and state governments.

Emeka said when NBC was established, industry experts did not give it the slimmest chance but now the NBC had transformed from a single, domineering, authoritarian voice to a democratic orchestra of multiple views and perspectives.

The director general acknowledged the role of various stakeholders whose partnerships have contributed immensely to successes achieved so far by the commission, adding that the pre-eminence place of the electronic media in the society was hardly in doubt, hence the National Broadcasting Code.






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