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COSON Calls for Removal of Jijiwa, VON Boss over Threat

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Board of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has demanded for the removal of Malam Abubakar Jijiwa, director general of Voice of Nigeria (VON) over the recent threat by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) to ban the broadcast of music of Nigerian artistes on Nigerian radio and TV stations.

The board which rose from a meeting in Lagos reassured all members and affiliates of COSON that Nigeria is not a banana republic and that no one can stop them from being heard in their country.

Present at the meeting which held at the board room of COSON in Opebi were Mr. Obi Asika of Storm 360, Mr. Audu Maikori of Chocolate City Music, Mr. Efe Omorogbe of Now Muzik, Mr. Banky Wellington (Banky W) of Empire Mates Entertainment, Mr. Dare Fasasi (Baba Dee) of Naija Ninja Entertainment and Ms. Azeezat Allen of More Money Music.

Also, present at the meeting presided over by COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, were Hon. John Ewelukwa Udegbunam, National President, Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria, Mr. Joel Ajayi of Gospel Choral Records and COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji.

They reiterated the commitment of the society to using the instruments of the law to fully defend the rights of creative people in Nigeria and to promote the Nigerian nation to the world.

Saying that COSON will not be intimidated and will never act outside the law, it declared that COSON will work night and day, without fear or favour, to continue to promote the spirit of the COSON slogan, ‘Let the music pay!’ and that COSON will not relent in its effort to ensuring that musicians walk tall in Nigeria and earn a decent living for their work.

On the repeated BON broadcasts that COSON has been engaged in incessant and continuous harassment, intimidation, blackmail and attack on broadcasting stations over un-negotiated payment of licensing fees, the Board directed that COSON solicitors be instructed to demand an immediate retraction of the blatantly false and unfounded broadcast aimed at tarnishing the image of COSON, from Malam Abubakar Jijiwa, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria and Chairman of BON, failing which legal action should be commenced against Malam Jijiwa.

The Board recalled its earlier request upon the Attorney-General of the Federation to investigate how the leadership of BON led by a paid employee of the Federal Government, Jijiwa, is taking active steps to truncate the criminal trial of the unapproved MCSN and six of its officials which trial is being conducted by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), an agency of the Federal Government.

The COSON Board decided that the time has come to ask Jijiwa to step aside as Director General of VON as his open affront on the policies and decisions of the government paying his salaries are baffling and inexplicable and the fire he is allowing himself to be used to stoke can lead to consequences that the Nigerian nation will regret.

The board also reassured all public and commercial users of music in Nigeria that they have nothing to fear from COSON as long as they take the necessary steps to pay royalties for the music used in their operations just as it reminded the public that COSON does not have the power to impose a tariff on anyone and asked everyone who may disagree with any tariff issued by COSON to apply to NCC to set up a panel to review such tariff in accordance with the provisions in the Copyright (Collective Management Organization) Regulations, 2007.


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Netflix Moves Against Showmax with Cheaper Mobile only Subscription

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Netflix Inc, American Technology and Media service giant, has concluded plans to introduce cheaper, mobile-only subscription in Nigeria and the rest of Africa in order to strengthen its presence in the country and the region as a whole.

Netflix Moves Against Showmax with Cheaper Mobile only Subscription

This is seen as a move targeted at Showmax’s dominance in the continent.

This is in addition to commissioning more locally produced contents and shows that depict the cultures and experiences of ordinary Africans.

Netflix Inc. became the world’s largest subscription-streaming service by flooding the market with popular content that’s cheaper than the competition.

However, five years after it got introduced in Africa, the US company is struggling to grow beyond the wealthiest segment of the population, in a continent held back by poverty, piracy and limited access to broadband.

This is expected to greatly increase the competition for the African market with Showmax, the Multichoice subsidiary, which seems to be clearly ahead and has the majority of the market share because of its more local and African content.

It could also help increase its presence in the continent where it is struggling and is still a relatively small player.

According to Digital TV Research, the streaming service firm has only 1.4 million subscribers when compared to about 20 million customers that have been signed up to Multichoice Group Ltd, the leading African pay-TV firm.

With the rapid expansion of 4G mobile networks, the streaming service is given a new channel to get to audiences especially in a country like Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy and the heart of its TV industry.

Netflix plans to expand the mobile-only contracts permanently if the trials, which began in South Africa and Egypt, becomes a success.

It agreed to deals with South African wireless carriers to add subscriptions to people’s phone bills and offers pre-paid vouchers for those without bank accounts.

This is similar to the services that have been adopted by ShowMax, MultiChoice’s streaming service.

Netflix is offering subscribers N1,200 ($2.65) a month for its mobile-only service, well below the N2,900 it’s been charging for its most basic account. However, the offer is still more expensive than the N250 per month charged by Iroko TV, a streaming platform that has the largest online catalogue of Nigerian Nollywood content giving access to over 5,000 of such movies.

But the income from Iroko’s low-price plans hasn’t been enough to cover its costs and the company is now scaling back its African operation to focus on wealthier viewers in the diaspora.

Netflix’s has moved to avoid the low production values found in a lot of Nollywood output and channel the continent’s best talent to develop slickly-made shows across every genre just like its deal with well-funded producers like Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV.

 

 

 

 


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TStv Lures Subscribers with N5 Daily Subscription

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TStv, a local satellite television network, has said that it will on October 1, roll out pay-per-view services in 18 states to mark the country’s independence on October 1.

TStv Lures Subscribers with N5 Daily Subscription

Dr. Bright Echefu, managing director of the company, who said this on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the company had surmounted the challenges it encountered after its launch in October 2017 and was better positioned to deliver quality services to Nigerians.

He said that the pay-per-view entails the minimum of N3 and maximum of N5 daily subscription per channel.

According to him, the company since 2017 went back to the drawing board to address all lapses to give Nigerians value for money and that while services will begin in 18 states on October 1, the remaining states will enjoy services from October 10.

“While we were off the radar, we properly studied the business and we have created a model to fit every Nigerian’s desire. We have created the pay as you view model where Nigerians will pay only for the channels they want to watch.

“Nigerians will be able to choose their bouquet by themselves, by choosing only those channels that they want to watch and pay for with a minimal amount per pay; 108 channels are available on our platform and more than 80 of them are High Definition (HD),” he said.

Echefu also said that as a gift to Nigerians for their steadfastness and understanding, the company had made the Grande Sports Extra Channel and some other local channels free to all Nigerians for one year.

While saying that Nigerians would be able to enjoy the ability to pause the decoder when not in use for a long period, he however, said that to safeguard against abuse, genuine reasons must be given for pausing the services.

He also commended the Federal Government for giving the company the desired support to start again after the challenges that led to its failure when it was first launched.


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UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

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United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), Pan- African financial institution, has continued to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.

UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa.

Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy and fashion.

Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Tony O. Elumelu, group chairman of UBA,  applauded the creative initiative, emphasising that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support  creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empowering young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges, like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”

Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”

In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, Bola Atta, UBA’s group head, Corporate Communications, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading  online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa’.

Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.

RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.

 

 


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