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Ariya Repete Returns, As Regional Auditions Kick-Off In Lagos

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Ariya Repete, Nigeria’s prominent indigenous talent hunt show hits major cities across the South-Western Nigeria.

From the hills of Abeokuta and Ondo to the falls in Osun and down to the seas of Lagos, Ariya Repete 2019 edition is set to showcase the best talents in Juju, Fuji and Yoruba hip-hop.

The music talent hunt show powered by Goldberg Lager is known for celebrating and preserving indigenous sounds.

It has over the years produced remarkable talents that have flourished in genres that are rooted in south-western culture.

This year, the competition goes into its seventh edition and is upping the ante by introducing an all-new Yoruba Hip-Hop category.

The competition will journey across eight locations with auditions and selection parties holding from the 12th of June to the 5th of July. Abule Egba, Ota, Egbeda, Abeokuta, Akure, Ibadan, Osogbo and Ilorin will play hosts to hundreds of hopefuls who will compete for honours in this year’s edition.

Lagos will be the first city to host the regionals as Juju, Fuji, and Yoruba Hip-Hop talents will be auditioned at Stalad Gardens, Agege and Havana Hotels in Egbeda on the 12th of June.

The selected talents will then slug it out for a place in the quarter-final concert, when they compete in the regional selection party on Friday, 14th of June.

Guests at the Selection parties will be thrilled with entertaining performances from the contestants, as well as guest artists and past winners.

Successful contestants from the regional auditions will proceed for mentorship at the Ariya academy, where they will be under the tutelage of veterans in the Juju, Fuji, and Yoruba hip-hop scene.

The competition will then continue on the 26th of July with the Quarterfinal in Akure, while the Semi-final and the grand finale will take place in Lagos and Ibadan on the second (2nd) and ninth (9th) of August respectively.

Guests should expect thrilling performances by the contestants that made it through the rigorous selection, guest artists and industry greats.

The winners in each category (Juju, Fuji, & Yoruba hip-hop) will be awarded the star prize of 4 million Naira each.

Speaking on this year’s edition, Olufunmilayo Ogunbodede, Brand Manager, Goldberg, said “Over the years, Ariya Repete has been a special platform that showcases and celebrates the very best musical talents in South-Western Nigeria and this year’s edition promises to up the ante.

“As a leading beer brand, we are committed to delighting our consumers with initiatives such as these.

This year, with Ariya Repete we want to celebrate this blend of both worlds. We believe that the 2019 edition of Ariya Repete will be the best ever, the reason we are taking the experience to TV, to show all of Africa that Goldberg Lager believes and celebrates the amazing indigenous talents from South Western Nigeria.”

This edition of Ariya Repete will be televised across Africa as the show progresses from the auditions to the grand finale in Ibadan.

Ariya Repete is powered by Goldberg Lager, a premier quality lager beer brewed with only the finest ingredients by the master brewer.

After the Lagos regionals, six other regions will host auditions over the course of 3 weeks.

Ota & Abeokuta – 19th of June

Ibadan & Akure –26th of June

Oshogbo & Ilorin – 3rd of July

For more information, visit Goldberg social media pages @goldberg_ng on Instagram, @goldberglagerng on Twitter and GoldbergLager on Facebook.

 


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Coalition of Nigeria Consumers Kick against Multichoice over Proposed Price Hike

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A Coalition of Nigeria Consumers has expressed concerns over the recent announcement by Multichoice Nigeria Limited, providers of Digital Satellite Television services on (DStv and GOtv) platforms, that it will increase its subscription price from June 1.

Coalition of Nigeria Consumers Kick against Multichoice over Proposed Price Hike

This was contained in a petition sent to the director-general of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) through the F. S Onifade & Associates titled “powers of the commission to regulate price: abuse of power of dominace in markets and impending price hike by multichoice/dstv in Nigeria.”

Festus Onifade, managing partner at the F.S Onifade & Associates said the petition was anchored on “Power of Abuse of Dominance” as provided for in new law FCCPC Act 2018 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in February, 2019 which is prohibited under Section 72 of the FCCP Act.

The Act empowers the FCCC to fix and regulate prices of goods and services where such infractions have been brought to the notice of the Commission.

According to the petition, the increment plans by the company citing the increase in VAT rate as the reason, makes it the third time in a period of five years despite court injunctions against similar increment which was not obeyed.

It, therefore, called on the Commission to under law and new identity save the Nigeria consumer from another oppressive private monopoly, noting that out of about 14.56 million subscribers on across Africa, Nigeria alone has 40% of this numbers as at 2019 making her the largest and leading satellite TV service provider in Nigeria.

“You will recall that Mutilchoice Nigeria Limited had recently announced that it will be increasing its rates for DStv and GOtv subscribers from 1st June, 2020, citing the increase in VAT rate as the reason for this imminent price increment.

“Our client also noted with grave concerns that apart from the pattern of (content recycling) of repetitive films and programmes; many local TV Channels which ought to be free are paid for by Nigeria consumers as opposed to the practice of enjoying free local TV Channels in other part of the world.

“Worst still is that with a monthly premium subscription rate of about N16, 000 our client and Nigerian consumers are greatly surcharge. This is because with an average of 720 hours per month, an average view is about six hours per day. If usage is converted to hourly basis this same amount will give a consumer four months value. Hence, we advocate ‘pay as you use.’


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COVID-19: NBC Fines 3 Radio Stations over False Claims

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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined three stations over broadcast of invariable content on COVID-19 and also sanctioned 28 others for other violations against the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

COVID-19: NBC Fines 3 Radio Stations over False Claims

Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of NBC, at a press briefing in Abuja, said the three stations fined were Adaba FM and Breeze FM, all in Akure, as well as Albarka FM, Ilorin.

He said that the stations  were fined N250,000 each for broadcasting invariable claims and misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NBC boss further stated that 28 other stations were sanctioned for violation of the code in areas bordering on hate speech, obscenity, technical breach, advertisement, invariable claims and unprofessionalism.

“All the stations have been either queried or sanctioned according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code

” The commission wishes to, again, re-emphasise that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and National Broadcast Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004,”Idachaba said.

On reforms by the NBC, Idachaba said the amendment of the sixth edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari made provisions for local content in the broadcast industry.

According to him, it also makes provision for increased advertising revenue for local broadcast stations and content producers.

“It also creates restrictions for monopolistic and anti competitive behavior in the broadcast industry. It further makes provision for responsibility for broadcast stations during national emergencies.

” I am glad that the work is ready now, and the commission has published the provisions of the amendment of the code,” he said.

On Digital Switch Over (DSO), the NBC boss explained that the commission was considering a new licence free regime and broadcast signal distributors carriages fees for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) operators

“The new rates would affect National Free-view DTT, Rational Free-view DTT and Local Free-view DTT.

” The committee expects all licenced DTT operators to commence payment of the new fees which is lower than the fees in the analogue era.

“However, very important progressive  steps are being taken for the actualisation of the DSO.

“There have been several online meetings with various players and stakeholders in the digital ecosystem.

” We have concluded plans for a new timeline, indicating new cities where we are moving to and the details will be released once the lock down is fully eased,” he said.

He called on all broadcasters and workers in the media industry to stay safe in the face of the raging pandemic.


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Sate, Nigerian Producer Slams £1m Claims on Sky TV Over Alleged Copyright Infringement

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Sate Television, a Nigerian TV producer, has asked Sky TV UK, UK’s largest cable TV provider, to pay it £1 million within 21 days for alleged copyright infringement of Urban Kitchen its programme.

Sate, Nigerian Producer Slams £1m Claims on Sky TV Over Alleged Copyright Infringement

Remedium Law Partners, legal representative to Sate Television, in a statement also demanded N100 million from Solution Media and InfoTech Limited/Hi-Impact TV, a company registered in Nigeria and the UK, as compensation for allegedly “fraudulently broadcasting” Urban Kitchen “without due authorisation and permission” and another £250,000 for copyright violation.

Remedium is also demanding the airing of Urban Kitchen to stop immediately “until the formalisation of an agreement with Sate TV, producer of the TV programme and payment of an agreed Nigerian and UK prices for all twenty-six (26) episodes of the programme have been duly made.”

Sate Television through its lawyers claimed Solution Media and Infotech Limited/Hi-Impact TV started airing the said programme in Nigeria and in the UK “while negotiation between them for the authorisation of the programme was still on-going.”

Remedium also claimed that the agreement that was being negotiated was for the airing of the programme in Nigeria alone but Solution Media and Infotech Limited/Hi-Impact TV allegedly extended broadcast of the content to the United Kingdom “where Sky TV UK with millions of viewers globally has been airing the TV programme without the consent of the producer, Sate Television.”

In a letter dated May 18, 2020, Remedium claimed that one Andrew Ohio who was acting on behalf of Solution Media and Infotech Limited, owners of Hi-Impact TV, contacted its client, Sate Television, to express interest in Urban Kitchen.

“On 27th February 2020, our Client forwarded a Term Sheet containing their conditions for a License Agreement, stating among others the following: that the programme would consist of twenty-six (26) episodes of thirty minutes duration each; the license fee per episode would be eighty dollars ($80), making a total of two thousand and eighty dollars ($2,080); Nigeria would be the only broadcast territory; and that the programme was to be delivered to Hi-Impact Television for the express purpose of broadcasting or airing within seven (7) days payment via Wetransfer, an online document exchange medium.

“Following your request for preview copies for the purpose of ascertaining their quality and suitability for broadcast, our Client released the programme to you through your said agent, Mr. Ohio, doing so at Mr. Ohio’s insistence by merely copying the episodes from his computer hard-drive into a portable USB flash drive or electronic storage device,” the letter reads.

The law firm further claimed that while its client awaited the formalisation of the agreement, they realised that Hi-Impact television had already started airing Urban Kitchen in Nigeria and in the UK via Sky TV.

“Our Client did not at any time give permission, authorisation or consent to Hi-Impact Television to broadcast Urban Kitchen, whether in Nigeria or anywhere else. Note that even though on 2nd March, 2020, your Head of Programmes, Abiola Adelanwa, signed a unilaterally altered version of the draft agreement, our Client declined to counter-sign it. Moreover, they had not paid the agreed price and our Client has not delivered the episodes for the purpose of broadcast,” the law firm claimed.

When PREMIUM TIMES, reached for comment, Hi-Impact TV said they were surprised by the turn of event as the agreement to procure the TV show was concluded with Sate Television before it was aired.

“The transaction had been concluded and we did not understand why there was a copyright infringement claim,” the company said in an email.

The company shared a copy of an agreement signed by Andrew Ohionrenoya, the CEO of EIC Communication, who claimed to be the content producers of “Urban Kitchen” granting Impact TV the right to air the programme.


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