Mr Armstrong Idachaba, the Acting Director-General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has ordered the management of MultiChoice, to suspend the implementation of its new hiked tariffs on different bouquets on its Digital Satellite Television, DSTV.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on his part, disclosed the Federal Government’s plan to break the Sporting rights monopoly of DSTV.
The NBC DG and the Minister made their separate statements at the National Assembly, while briefing members of an Ad Hoc Committee looking into the hike in tariffs.
While being quizzed by the Senate Committee, Idachaba said:
I want to agree, with the Committee and call on DSTV to suspend the hike in tariffs.
Mohammed, earlier, told lawmakers that he already signed a code to break the monopoly of MultiChoice in the country, as he stated:
Our amendments to the Broadcasting Act, will affect the break in the monopoly of MultiChoice. Amendments to Section 628 of the Broadcasting Act, is in our broad national interest.
In the meantime, the Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee and other lawmakers who quizzed the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the new payment template issued by Multichoice for payment of DSTV subscription decried the high cost of tariffs.
He said the upper chamber has viewed the increase in the price of subscription of satellite television on the pay-per-view system as an insult on Nigerians and that it must be immediately suspended.
Recall that lawmakers on the floor of the Senate had called for the satellite TV service providers to switch to pay-per-view as their current operations are to the detriment of Nigerian subscribers.