The Influence of Broadcast Regulation on Free Flow Of Information and Conduct of Broadcast Professional in Nigeria

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The Influence of Broadcast Regulation on Free Flow Of Information and Conduct of Broadcast Professional in Nigeria.


According to Harvey (1999 ), the study of broadcasting regulation “has started to creep into the edges of the media studies curriculum.”

This wind of change should be welcomed, because it will aid the apprehension of the major forces that shape the communication environment.

It has been noted that “literature on media regulation were predominantly produced by legal scholars following Eric Barendt’s comparative study on law” (Harvey 1999,).

However, globalization in the face of specialization necessitated probes in sections of the society by scholars in the different areas.

That is why media scholars cannot do without looking at issues as they concern media practices. An appraisal of the statutes of regulation of the Nigerian broadcast industry is pertinent at this period when the whole world is talking about digitization of broadcasting.

1.1 Background Of The Study

The history of broadcasting began with early radio transmissions which only carried the dots and dashes of wireless telegraphy.

The history of radio broadcasting (experimentally around 1905-1906, commercially around 1920-21) starts with audio (sound) broadcasting services which are broadcast through the air as radio waves from a transmitter to an antenna and, thus, to a receiving device.

Stations can be linked in radio networks to broadcast common programming, either in syndication or simulcast or both.

All along the ownership, control and operation of broadcasting in Nigeria were preserved exclusively for the various governments – Federal, Regional, and State (Media Rights Agenda, MRA, 2001).

In 1992, the Deregulation of Broadcasting Decree No.38 was promulgated by the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.


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