Sublicense Channels To Nigerian Nigerian Company-Appeal Aourt to MultiChoice

*Orders a 21-Day Compliance Ultimatum

The Appeal Court, sitting in Port Harcourt ordered MultiChoice, the South African owner, satellite television services, DStv and GOtv, to sublicense some of its channels to Metro Digital, a Nigerian owned multi-channel terrestrial digital satellite service provider in Nigeria.
The on judgement, delivered on Wednesday, is pursuant to the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC’s, code.

Judge Olabode Adegbehingbe, who gave the ruling, averred that the lower court erred when it dismissed Metro Digital’s suit where the appellant proved the existence of the dispute between itself and Multichoice first respondent.

Judge Adegbehingbe also mandated the NBC, the second respondent, to MultiChoice, within 21 days, to follow the court order.

In 2021, Metro Digital approached a federal High Court when Multichoice rejected its sublicensing right request to some of its channels and programmes. In turning down the request, Multichoice insisted that that it was not the owner of the rights to the said channels and programmes. However, the court ruled in favour of the defendant, a erring that Metro Digital failed to contradict MultiChoice’s claim of not having the rights and sublicensing authority to the requested content.

Following the ruling of the lower Court, Metro Digital sought the intervention of the appellate Court to seek redress.

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