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Reps approve pay-as-you-go, price slash for DSTV, others

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The House of Representatives adopted pay-as-you-go and a price reduction for the DSTV and other cable satellite operators in the country.

The House considered and approved recommendations of the Ad hoc Committee on Non-Implementation of Pay-As-You-Go and Sudden Increment of Tariffs Plan by Broadcast Digital Satellite Service Providers.
The Chairman of the Committee and member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Unyime Idem, had earlier laid the report before the House and was considered during Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja.
The House called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency expedite action on implementing the content of the National Broadcasting Code and the Nigeria information Policy of 2014.
The House noted that this would trigger healthy competition in the industry, adding that the entertainment industry had a wider spectrum with limitless job and wealth creation opportunities for the teeming youths.
The House stated that the visible absence of competitors in the industry was tacit approval of monopoly by the present operators. The House suggested that timely application of government regulatory intervention measures already articulated would revolutionise the industry and meet the people’s yearnings for Pay-as-you-go, Pay-Per-View and price reduction.
According to the recommendation, our extant laws that moderate operations in the industry is to be fine-tuned to meet the 21st- century regulatory laws of the industry that is dynamic as the entertainment industry.
The House noted that the National Broadcasting Commission saddled with the responsibility of licensing and regulating the activities of service providers must also have the power to moderate in the protection of consumers to guard against exploitation.
The House stated that there was little or nothing a regulator could do if he was handicapped by laws that were not properly tailored to the needs of the society.
Furthermore, the report stated that price increase and reduction have always been contentious issues for producers and consumers in the business world.
The House also listed the factors responsible for the hike in subscription fees as the recent increment of VAT by 2.5 per cent by the Financial Amendment Act of Jan. 13 2020, and the fluctuating foreign exchange rate in the country that affects the cost of content.
Other contentious issues listed are broadcast equipment, experienced hire and technical infrastructure, increase in bouquets for a wider choice, inflation on the cost of production and need to maintain the workforce.

They identified the need not to throw many young Nigerians who are gainfully employed by pay-tv into the labour market.

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Erica, Laycon finally reconcile as BBNaija new season begins today

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Former BBNaija housemates, Laycon and Erica have settled their differences, a few weeks after the re-union of the housemates, where they had foreclosed the possibility of making up.

Erica in a new video on her Instagram page showed the duo have buried their differences  and decided to be good friends.

Recall that the duo had the biggest fight of the ‘lockdown’ edition which led to Erica’s disqualification.

After the altercation, the hatred between the two ex-housemates lingered even during the reunion show in June.

Although Erica had during the reunion said she doesn’t care about Laycon, the duo have now reconciled.

They were spotted in a video hanging out together on Friday.

In the video, Erica said she was cool with Laycon.

She captioned the video, ‘We are cool.”

Laycon also hailed Nigerians in the footage.

The Singer and actress also followed each other on Instagram.

Meanwhile, a new season of Big Brother Naija will be airing on Saturday, July 24th, 2021.

The winner of the new season will walk away with N90 million worth of prizes.

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BBNaija season 6 to begin July 24

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Multichoice Nigeria has announced that season six of the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show will begin on July 24.

 

Martin Mabutho, Multichoice Nigeria customer officer, broke the news on Monday during a press briefing with journalists.

 

The reality show will premiere with two opening ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday and will air from 7 pm on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 with a simulcast on Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Urban, and Africa Magic Family.

 

The organisers also disclosed that there will be no SMS voting for this season, adding that fans will now be able to vote for their favourite housemates for free on BBNaija’s official website and mobile app as well as on the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.

 

This year’s edition of BBNaija will run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.

 

Multichoice Nigeria had earlier announced a whopping N90 million as the grand prize for the winner of season six.

 

This makes it the highest grand prize a winner of the reality show will be receiving — since the BBNaija debuted in 2006.

 

Laycon, who won the previous edition had received the N85 million grand prize which includes a cheque of N30 million, Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) from Innoson Motors, and a luxury two-bedroom apartment by Revolution Properties.

 

The fifth edition of the show was characterised by several controversies including a face-off between Laycon and Erica.

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