THE cash strapped Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) today cut off One Africa Television (OATV) and the Christian television network, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), from its digital decoder transmitter network.
Chief Executive Officer of OATV, Stefan Hugo, said they sent a letter to NBC to clarify and explain why their services was cut off and whether it was a temporary or permanent move.
“We have not yet received any feedback,” he said.
Chief commercial Officer of NBC, Umbi Karuaihe-Upi, said the issue around cost recovery from both the OATV and TBN has been on the table and in discussion with the two entities for some time.
“There are set costs, which the NBC has been carrying to make the broadcasting possible. The two entities benefitted. Our current situation has unfortunately propelled the decision to cut them off,” she explained.
Karuihe- Upi added that it is not the preferred outcome, but that both the OATV and TBN are aware of the situation and should some intervention come from them, then the NBC will look into putting them back on air.
“Our decision is purely business and is informed by our current financial challenges,” she said, adding that the cut off was implemented today.
“These are the only two networks that did not originate from NBC that were cut off. As stated before in our earlier media release on austerity measure, other networks that were also cut off include NBC 3,4,5 and 6,” concluded Karuihe -Upi.