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Broadcast regulator bans TV station from live-streaming programmes on website

(MRA/IFEX) - March 6, 2012 - The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria's broadcast sector regulator, has banned the state government owned television station Ogun State Television (OGTV) from its "unilateral commencement of the streaming of OGTV's signal on the web without the approval of the Commission."

In a letter dated February 21, 2012, the Commission ordered OGTV to "immediately cease the streaming on the web and apply to the Commission for the required approval."

When Media Rights Agenda contacted the Commission, Mrs. Maimuna Jimada, the NBC's spokesperson, confirmed that it stopped OGTV because live-streaming of broadcasts is an added value to broadcasting. She said there are procedures to follow if a station wants to do live-streaming and that a station needs the Commission's approval first.

She insisted that OGTV did not seek nor get that approval before live-streaming its news programmes on its website, hence NBC had to stop them.

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