As subscribers continue to groan over the new tariffs introduced by MultiChoice for different bouquets on its Digital Satellite Television (DSTV), the Acting Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Armstrong Idachaba, has ordered the management of the organisation to suspend the implementation of its new hike
This is just as that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed that the arrangements are in top gear by the Federal Government to break the Sporting rights monopoly of DSTV.
The Acting DG of NBC and the Minister spoke at the National Assembly, while briefing members of the Ad Hoc Committee saddled with the responsibility of looking into the hike in tariffs by Multichoice.
According to NBC boss, “I want to agree, with the Committee and call on DSTV to suspend the hike in tariffs. “
The Minister on his part, revealed to the lawmakers that he already signed a code to break the monopoly of MultiChoice in the country, adding that “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.”
Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee and other legislators, who formed part of the committee, the Minister on the new payment template issued by Multichoice for payment of DSTV subscription, lamented over the high cost of tariffs.
The Ad-hoc Committee Chairman stated that the see the hike in the price of subscription of satellite television on the Pay As You Go system as an affront and that as a result the increase as matter of urgency must be suspended immediately.