The National Broadcasting Commission has advised Nigerian artistes to produce broadcast versions of their songs to enable them enjoy airplay without fear of contravening any broadcasting law. This was contained in a statement signed on behalf of the Commission’s Director General, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu by the Head, Public Affairs, Mrs. Maimuna Jimada.
While referring to the fine imposed on Jay FM Jos for continuous airing of vulgar and indecent music lyrics in spite of verbal and written warnings to the station, the Director General, reiterated the fact that “the Commission has been very proactive and responsive in its efforts at regulating the broadcasting industry especially as regards to ensuring the Nigerian citizens’ right to quality broadcasting”.
It was also stated that the “Act establishing the National Broadcasting Commission empowered the Commission, to amongst other mandates in Section 2.1(h) to “establish and disseminate a National Broadcasting Code and set standards with regard to the contents and quality of materials for broadcast”.
The Commission also made it known that “the Nigeria Broadcasting Code is reviewed every four years in a stakeholders’ participatory process. Information about the review of the Code is disseminated widely and participation is open to all relevant and interested members of the public”.
Broadcasting stations are mandated by law, to adhere strictly to the dictates of the Code and where they falter, the Commission initiates the sanction process.
The Director General noted that “in other climes, artistes produce content in at least two versions, the broadcast version which follows broadcasting guidelines is deemed fit for broadcast and made available on broadcast stations and outlets. In such cases, the original version is still available through private channels not regulated such as on music streaming services or at private events”.
He therefore enjoined artistes to produce broadcast versions of their works to enable broadcast stations use them without contravening the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
“Today, popular songs of leading Nigerian musicians garner millions of views on YouTube. This indicates the level of influence they exert upon the young people who make up the majority of our country’s population. We believe our artistes should offer a positive influence on this young population”, he noted.
Mallam Modibbo Kawu assured all that the Commission will continue to execute her responsibilities without fear or favour and shall apply the relevant sanctions on erring stations whenever they violate the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.