The Federal Government on Monday announced some lifelines for the broadcast industry as ways of cushioning the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja.
Mohammed said the industry has been particularly hard-hit due to falling revenues occasioned by the dwindling adverts and sponsored programmes, in the wake of the pandemic.
He said, “Against this background, the management of the NBC has therefore recommended, and the Federal Government has accepted, the following measures to revamp the broadcast industry and to help reposition it for the challenges of business, post-COVID-19:-
“(a) 60 per cent debt forgiveness for all debtor broadcast stations in the country.
“(b) The criterion for enjoying the debt forgiveness is for debtor stations to pay 40 per cent of their existing debt within the next three months
“(c) Any station that is unable to pay the balance of 40 per cent indebtedness within the three months window shall forfeit the opportunity to enjoy the stated debt forgiveness.
“(d) The existing license fee is further discounted by 30 per cent for all Open Terrestrial Radio and Television services effective July 10th, 2020
“(e) The debt forgiveness shall apply to functional licensed Terrestrial Radio and Television stations only.
“(f) The debt forgiveness and discount shall not apply to pay-TV
service operators in Nigeria.
“(g) The effective date of the debt forgiveness shall be July 10th
2020 to October 6th, 2020.”