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50th BON General Assembly ends

…ban on electronic media newspapers review lifted

By Isiaka Oyibo

Lokoja -  The  50th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) yesterday rose from a two-day meeting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital and lifted with immediate effect the ban on newspapers review by electronic media, just as it urged media owners in the country to comply with the NBC directive to immediately stop buying new transmitters.

The lift in the ban followed the amicable resolutions and out-of-court settlement it reached with Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and their subsequent training in Lagos and Abuja to ensure professionalism in handling the programme.

The General Assembly, in a communiqué signed by Abubaker Jijiwa and Osita Nweke, Chairman and Secretary of BON, respectively, which was read to newsmen yesterday, also called for the co-operation of BON members with the FIFA-appointed host broadcaster towards the successful coverage of the Under-17 World Cup to be held in Nigeria in October and the Joint Transmission of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The meeting  equally a  took a critical appraisal of the ongoing joint transmission of the English Premier League by the NTA in collaboration with some BON member-stations declaring it a “huge success”.

BON members, according to the nine points communiqué, advise advertisers to take advantage of the broadcasts rights acquired by it on the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, India in October 2010 which will be beamed terrestrially throug-hout the country.


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