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New TV Station Arise Is Illegal- NBC

arisetv-networkThe National Broadcasting Commission has disclosed that Arise TV, a new broadcasting channel
owned by ThisDay publisher, Nduka Obiagena is illegal and cannot go on air.

Obaigbena had announced a launch of the 24-hour news channel on February 3, saying the station would broadcast from “its main news centres in London, New York, Johannesburg and Lagos” and “supported by a further eight bureaux around the globe stretching from Beijing to Rio de Janeiro.”

According to him, Arise TV would ”rival existing giants in the global market”.

”We will attract a global audience interested in emerging markets, developing countries and evolving politics. With headquarters and bureaux throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, we are ready to speak to our audience and give them a voice as well.

“We are a new international network established to reflect the new world order not hardwired to the old and built to reflect the modern way news is consumed. Nowhere is this more important than in the emerging economies.’

“There will be no state funding and no state agenda. Our coverage will be balanced, comprehensive and completely independent.

“Our efforts will concentrate on robust journalism anchored on imperatives of the marketplace.”

He added that a sister channel, ARISE 360, which will be entertainments-based with fashion, music sport and pay per view films, will start broadcasting towards the end of the year.

But in a statement issued on Wednesday, the National Broadcasting Commission, said Arise TV had not been licensed to operate in Nigeria.

The statement by the Director-General Yomi Bolarinwa said “Arise News has not applied to the commission for a broadcast licence and does not have a licence to operate in Nigeria’s territory,’’

He recalled a publication in Thisday Newspaper of Feb. 4 which said that the TV station would commence “soft launch on Feb. 5 following a two-day test broadcast.”

Bolarinwa further said that: “The NBC wishes to draw the attention of the public to the fact that the said television operation has not applied to the commission for a broadcast licence in accordance with the provisions of the law governing the establishment and operation of broadcasting stations in Nigeria as provided in Sections 2(1) (b)(c), 2(2) and 11 of the NBC Act No. 38, 1999.”

“Section 2(2) states that no person shall operate or use any apparatus or premises for the transmission of sound or vision by cable, television, radio, satellite or any other medium of broadcast from anywhere in Nigeria except under and in accordance with the provisions of this Act.”

“Section 11 states that a request by a person for authority to own, establish or operate a radio, sound, television, cable or satellite station shall be by way of an application for a licence addressed to the Director-General of the commission and in the form prescribed in the second schedule to this Act.”

Obiagena once floated ThisDay in South Africa but the branch was closed down within months by the South African Government. He was accused of owing staff salaries for months.

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