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BBNaija Allegedly Ordered To Stop Airing



TheCable reports that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has asked the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to shut down the airing of Big Brother Naija (BBN) amid fears of a possible spread of COVID-19.

The reality Show, in its fifth season faces a possible shutdown if this directive is to be adhered to.

Acting Director-General of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba according to the report informed senior management members of the Minister’s directive to showdown one of Nigeria’s popular Shows on cable TV.

However, according to TheCable, insiders said that the NBC management did not approve of this shut down move, with some of them saying there was no basis for it.

A director is said to have reminded the meeting that NBC had already sought explanation from Multichoice on a possible violation of COVID-19 protocols with the airing of the show.

The letter was sent on July 1, before the show began.

MultiChoice replied with detailed explanations on measures taken in collaboration with the Lagos state government, whose agency, Lagos State Safety Commission, gave the green light for the show.

Also, MultiChoice said in the letter that housemates had been screened prior to the show and that the BBN House had been decontaminated and adapted to ensure sufficient physical distancing, in addition to eliminating the use of live audience.

All inmates went through a mandatory two-week isolation during which COVID-19 symptoms would have manifested if they had the disease.

Meanwhile, Idachaba, in his response to TheCable, simply said BBN will not be taken off air but did not provide any further information.

Source: AfricaCelebrities.Com