The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered Multichoice to sub-license some of its channels to an indigenous digital broadcasting company, Metro-Digital Limited, ending years of monopoly in the digital broadcasting industry .

The BNC, in a letter dated October 25, 2022, addressed to the managing director of Multichoice, which was seen by our correspondent, said that the directive was based on the provisions of the BNC Code as amended.

The letter, which was signed by the Commission’s Chief Legal Officer, George Obi, on behalf of NBC’s Chief Executive, reads in part: “You are hereby requested to comply with the 6th Edition of the Code NBC as amended pursuant to Metro-Digital’s Channel Sublicense Application, as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeals.”

Speaking to reporters in Port Harcourt on Monday on the development, Metro-Digital chief executive Dr Ifeanyi Nwafor said he was happy that NBC had finally complied with the Court of Appeal’s judgment of 13 July 2022.

Nwafor also expressed his gratitude to the federal government, especially the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and NBC, for the role played in repositioning the broadcasting industry.

He said: “We are pleased to announce today that NBC has complied with the Court’s order. The end of the monopoly in the broadcasting industry in Nigeria will improve competition, innovation and the quality of service delivery.

“The industry will grow rapidly and consumers will benefit from the competitive prices that will follow.

“We commend and appreciate the role played by the Federal Government, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and NBC in repositioning the industry and ending the monopolistic practices that have held the industry together for a long time. .

“We would also like to commend the Nigerian judiciary for the painstaking and painstaking work to ensure sanity and a level playing field in the Nigerian broadcasting industry.”

Nwafor, who said the company laid off more than 50 workers during the three years of court appearances with Multichoice, said the company aims to start operations by the third week of November. .

He said: “We have been in court for three years and have fired over 50 workers in the process. We submitted 52 strings and it was granted by the Court.

“We hope to start operations by next week. We wrote to them but they did not respond. So we didn’t start getting their signals.

“The NBC guideline is binding based on the NBC code and if they don’t comply with Multichoice, the penalty is suspension of their license.”