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ANEW broadcasting code has been issued by Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Kano.

Director General of National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Isaq Modibbo Kawu, stated this in a chat with newsmen.

According to him, the new broadcasting code will henceforth regulate the media industry in their broadcasts with emphasis on tracking proponents of hate speech and fake news.

Speaking further, Kawu disclosed that the new code will reflect some recommendations made by a committee constituted by the Commission to review the 2015 general elections with a view to taming the menace of hate speech and unprofessional conduct of some media practitioners in the country. He added that the code is the 6th of its type since 2017.

“I can confirm to you that work on the 6th Edition of the Code had been completed since 2017, but it has not been released since then due to a combination of circumstances. We hope that when launched, it will not only complement the existing codes but help in regulating the broadcasting industry in this country.”

Kawu also used the interaction to highlight government’s investment in the new Digital Switchover policy in all the six geopolitical zones of the country, especially Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano, where potential investors are eager to move in and explore the vast opportunities in the project, despite meager resources.

“We are about to conclude the installation of facilities for Gombe; while the stakeholders are determined to move into the biggest media markets of Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt in the near future. That is part of an elaborate nation-wide rollout plan, along with a definitive timeline for the switch off of Analogue transmission in Jos, Abuja, Ilorin, Kaduna, Enugu, and Osogbo,” he said.

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