The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has described the commission as the facilitator between broadcasters, advertisers, and measurement service providers.

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Charles Ebuebu, and the Director General of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, joined the Honorable Minister for Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Idris Malagi, to launch Nigeria’s first Audience Measurement System at the Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre in Abuja on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

In his remarks, Mr. Charles Ebuebu highlighted the significance of the Audience Measurement System, stating that it will address numerous issues within the broadcast system, enhance advertising media preferences, and monitor audience consumption patterns. He emphasized NBC’s role as a facilitator between broadcasters, advertisers, and measurement service providers, fostering a collaborative environment where all stakeholders can contribute to and provide feedback on the system to ensure it meets industry needs.

He concluded by stressing that the audience measurement service will improve NBC’s ability to regulate the broadcast industry effectively, enhance service delivery to its licensees, and ensure the airwaves are utilized in a manner that serves the public interest.

Goodwill messages were received from the Honorable Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa, Bulgarian Ambassador, Chairman House Committee on Media, Senator Emeka Eze, and Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon. Fatoba Olusola Steve.

The Federal Government has formally launched the Audience Measurement System in Nigeria.

It is Nigeria’s first scientific-based audience measurement system in broadcasting.

Speaking at the event held in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, said the measurement system represents a significant leap forward in the country’s media landscape.

According to the Minister, the introduction of the sophisticated audience measurement system is a groundbreaking achievement that aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for a more prosperous and technologically advanced Nigeria.

“This system will serve as a cornerstone for reliable data, by providing accurate and comprehensive insights into media consumption patterns across various demography.

“This System we are launching today, holds immense importance in ensuring that our broadcasting endeavors are not only impactful but also reflective of the diverse preferences and needs of our audience.

“It is a tool that empowers us to understand and respond to the dynamic nature of our media consumers, providing valuable perception into their viewing habits, content preferences, and engagement patterns.

“It is therefore gratifying to note that this project, which started in 2020, has finally come to fruition.

“The introduction of the system becomes very necessary because our current Audience Measurement still uses age old Diary Method (pen and paper) of collecting data on TV Viewership and Radio Listenership, which does not reflect the true picture of what and how many people are watching or listening to a particular content.

“Similarly, Station Owners, Content Producers, Artists, essentially the entire supply ecosystem, was not benefiting in many ways; more important, they are neither motivated or challenged to produce more and better content that caters to the ‘demand’, as the measure of who likes it, what they like, how much they like, etc. This has clearly stunted the growth of the entire Entertainment and Media ecosystem in Nigeria.

“It is disheartening to note that in spite of having more than three times the eyeballs in South Africa, Nigeria’s television advertising market revenue is low compared to that of South Africa, and Kenya; as we’re third on the continent.

“It is therefore incumbent on us to reverse the trend and adopt the system that will ensure that the advertising spend in Nigeria grows exponentially in the next couple of years.

To achieve this, the Federal Government inaugurated the Ministerial Task Team on Audience Measurement comprising relevant stakeholders in the industry, to design the implementation plan for the introduction of the system. Subsequently, the National Broadcasting Commission and the Advertising Regulatory Commission of Nigeria, appointed First Media and Entertainment Integrated (Nigeria) Limited, a marketing research company based in Lagos, to deliver scientifically-based audience measurement services in Nigeria.

“I am confident that a transparent and reliable audience measurement system will attract greater investment into the media sector, driving economic growth and creating job opportunities. It will also enhance Nigeria’s reputation as a market with robust and trustworthy media analytics.

“With this scientific-based system, advertisers can have greater confidence in the accuracy of viewership numbers, leading to more strategic and impactful advertising campaign in Nigeria. Broadcasters will also benefit from clear insights into audience preferences, which will help in enhancing the quality and relevance of their programming. This will ultimately lead to a more engaged and satisfied audience.

“I am also informed that in its full operation, the Audience Measurement System is project t to directly employ up to 500 Nigerians and 2,500 people indirectly.

“This project will jumpstart the repositioning and financial re-birth of Nigeria’s broadcasting industry and better prepare it for the digital era as the Federal Government is still on track towards the implementation of the Digital Switch Over”, he said.

Also present at the event was the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr. Bayo Onanuga.