The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has reacted to hosting of the Big Brother Naija reality show in South Africa.
NBC said the reality television show should be hosted here in Nigeria.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had directed the NBC to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reported airing of the show from South Africa.
Mohammed, in a statement on January 23, 2017 had said the NBC should determine whether Multi-Choice, by shooting the show in South Africa, had breached the Nigerian Broadcasting Code in any way, as well as the issue of possible deceit, since the viewing public was never told that the event would be staged outside Nigeria.
But, speaking with DAILY POST, the Director Broadcast Monitoring of NBC, Dr Armstrong Idachaba, said, the Commission backs the Minister’s stance that the programe be aired in Nigeria.
He, however, noted that the broadcast law of Nigeria, which allowed for the hosting of the show in South Africa is being reviewed and when done, “We will ensure that the programme is aired in Nigeria.”
Idachaba said, “Big Bother Naija is a programme that is run on the Multi-Choice bouquet and the National Broadcasting Corporation’s stands is enunciated by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed that programmes targeted at Nigerians must have Nigerian ownership including production in our territory, which ideally should be the case.
“Knowing well that the programme was once hosted in Nigeria, we expected that organisers should leverage on the past.
“The Nigerian Broadcast law does not actually prevent the hosting of the show in South Africa but we are insisting that the programme be aired in Nigeria.
“However, the law is still under review and when done we will ensure that the programme is aired from Nigeria.”