Nigerians To Pay Access Fees To View Television Content


“In other countries the public broadcast services
are run from fees collected on broadcast content.”
The Federal Government on Saturday said that it
would introduce content access fees to replace
radio licence fees ahead of Nigeria’s migration to
digital terrestrial television broadcasting by 2015.
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, made
this known at the opening of the Extra Ordinary
meeting of the National Council of Information in
Mr. Maku said the planned content access fee,
which would be paid by Nigerians seeking access
to television content, and was currently undergoing
final adjustments, was expected to get the nod of
the Federal Executive Council before the migration.
He said that government and other stakeholders
would leverage on the new technology to make the
new format more effective than the archaic radio
licence fees format.
“For a long time radio licences have not been
collected and in other countries the public
broadcast services are run from fees collected on
broadcast content.
“But unfortunately in our country, the existing
constitutional provision has made fee collection
less effective.
“Now, we are undertaking a new format. We are
taking advantage of the digital technology and
looking beyond sending people to go from place to
place to collect fees for broadcast content,” he
According to him, under this new regime, for
anyone to have access to television content you
have to pay an annual content access fee which is
set to be operational.
The minister outlined some of the advantages of
the new broadcast content fee collection regime to
include, improved financial capability for
stakeholders to improve content and upgrade
He said this would help the Nigeria Broadcasting
Commission and other stakeholders have access
to adequate funds for sustained upgrade of their
infrastructure for effective service delivery.
On the NCI meeting, Maku said Nigeria was at
crossroads to either transit smoothly or risk being
cut-off from the rest of the world by June 2015
when the global migration deadline takes effect.
He stressed the need for improved coordination
and cooperation among stakeholders to ensure that
Nigeria joined the rest of the world in the new
digital era.
“We are here because we are approaching the
deadline and Nigeria must transit.
“We must do everything possible, we must work 24
hours to ensure that our country is not cut-off
from the rest of the world,’’ he said.
The minister, who acknowledged that the process
of migration was not an easy one, however, noted
that the advantages far outweighed the
While stressing the need for a robust public
sensitisation ahead of the deadline, Mr. Maku
urged the NBC, state governments and private
broadcast stations to work together to ensure a
smooth transition for the country.
Earlier, Edward Amana, Head of the Digiteam
(Federal Government’s Committee on Digitisation),
emphasised the need for the training of the
manpower that would drive the process effectively.
Mr. Amana said that states were expected to
upgrade studio equipment to digital standard and
re-educate their workforce on the anticipated
changes in the industry.
He said the signs from the states were
encouraging, noting that this was an indication that
the transition would be smooth.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information,
Folasade Esan, said that the issues being
deliberated were urgent and of importance to the
development of the country.
Ms. Esan said the extra ordinary meeting would
also brainstorm on previous strategies adopted in
the nation’s information campaign against
terrorism in Nigeria.
The 36 states and the FCT attended the meeting
with the theme “Digitisation and National Security’’.

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