The license status of GOTV, a subsidiary of Multi-Choice about the provision of Digital Terrestrial Television Services (DTTS) in Nigeria is undergoing an investigation by the National Assembly.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to carry out investigations on the issue and report back to the House for subsequent actions.
Meanwhile, the same committee is expected to engage the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to enforce the pay-per-view scheme on the Digital Television broadcasting service providers for the benefit of Nigerians.
Following the resolution of the House, the adoption of a motion titled “Call for Investigation of the License Status of GOTV in the Provision of Digital Terrestrial Television Services in Nigeria’’, was gingered by Jones Onyereri, a PDP Senator from Imo State.
“Details Nigeria Limited” was the company which obtained a Digital Mobile TV (DSTV MOBILE) for 10 Nigerian cities in 2007.
“However, the license granted to Details Nigeria Limited was converted by GOTV to provide Digital Terrestrial Television through a high-tech maneuver without due process and in violation of the provisions of the law,” Onyeriri said.
“NBC is empowered to regulate the operations of Radio and Television stations, including Cable Television Services, direct broadcasting and any other medium of broadcasting in Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, Section 2 (1) (g) of the Act empowers the Commission to receive processes and consider applications for the establishment, ownership or operations of radio and television stations in Nigeria.
“The section of the Act specifically empowers the Commission to control and regulate the activities as well as upholding the principles of equity and fairness in the broadcasting industry.
He said, in violation of the Act, GOTV, a subsidiary of Multi-Choice Nigeria, started operations of Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in April 2012 at Ibadan, Port Harcourt, and Lagos without passing through the due process of bidding for the private signal distribution.
“Nigerians are made to pay for what they do not consume through the monthly subscription scheme presently obtainable in the service charges of major Digital Television Broadcasting service providers like DSTV, Star times and GOTV.
“This is as against the pay per view scheme obtainable in other countries like USA, UK, Brazil, France, and even South Africa,” Mr. Onyereri said.