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NBC kicks against ‘no music day’

By Laide Akinboade

Abuja- The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), yesterday, condemned the ‘no music day’ that was declared by Nigerian Music Industry Coalition in the country, saying it was impossible for music to be off air for 12 hours at a stretch.

In a statement in Abuja by the NBC Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Awwalu Salihu, the commission expressed is strong support for the fight against piracy in the entertainment industry but reasoned that it is not possible for broadcast stations to have no music day.

According to the statement, “However, the Commission is concerned about the implications of the “No Music Day” the coalition has declared, which is in complete negation of the terms of license of the broadcast stations to serve the people of Nigeria. It is difficult to conceive a programme that has no musical element to it.”

Furthermore it would mean that thematic stations with music bias would be kept effectively off air for 12 hours, which will also affect their contractual agreements with their clients.”

The statement stressed that the commission does not support any move by anyone or anything that will lead to the closure of operations of any broadcasting station without recourse to the due process of law.


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