From JIDAUNA YANUNG, Abuja
THE Federal Government is to license online radio, television stations, just as President Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed announced this recently when members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) paid him a courtesy call recently.
Answering a question and responding to a request made by BON for the review of the broadcasting code, the minister assured that government is committed to repositioning the sector.
He also disclosed that President Buhari has also approved wide range of reforms in the industry which at appropriate platform will be made known.
The minister said Mr. President has already approved that web TVs and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, be licensed, while promising to carry along members of BON in the review of the broadcasting code, the minister restated the commitment of the present administration to a free media.
He also appealed to BON to partner with government in the promotion of peaceful co-existence and co-hesion in order to engender progress and national development.
Speaking earlier, Acting Chairman of BON, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa said the re-appointment of the minister was commendable because he brought life and great innovation to the broadcast industry during the first tenure of the administration.
He pledged the readiness of BON to key into the government’s agenda especially the fight against fake news.