BROADCASTING AFRICA’S DREAMS
Namibian Broadcasting Company
Television is and will remain our eye into the rest of the world and the lives of the celebrities we worship. As a product it is as necessary in the living room as walls and no household is complete without it. Used both for entertainment, education and distraction this machine would just be a box without the broadcasters behind it. Broadcasters like Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. We caught up with Director General, Albertus Aochamub.
“The NBC was established in line with the Namibian Broadcasting Act, Act 9 of 1991. In terms of this act the NBC is a juristic person. Its main source of funding is an annual state subsidy. Other sources of income are the sale of air time and programs, the issuing of yearly television licenses and the renting out of transmitters.” – Albertus. Being a recipient of state subsidies, the NBC is accountable in the first instance, to its line Ministry, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and in the second instance to the Namibian Parliament which in turn represents the Namibian people. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology tables and accounts for the NBC’s budget in Parliament. In accordance with the Broadcasting Act, the NBC has to submit its financial statements and accounts for auditing by the office of the Auditor-General on a yearly basis. In addition, each year before the tabling of the budget in the National Assembly the NBC Board has to furnish its line ministry with a report on its work during the previous financial year, together with a balance sheet and a complete statement of its revenue and expenditure for the preceding financial year. “The affairs of the NBC are supervised and controlled by the NBC Board of Directors. This board is appointed by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology for a period of five years.” – Albertus. The NBC Board, in turn, appoints a Director General. This Director General, the chief executive officer, is a member of the Board; he is, however, not entitled to exercise a vote at board meetings. The Director General, as per the Broadcasting Act, exercises control and supervision over the other officers and employees of the NBC and performs the duties and functions assigned to him/her by the NBC Board. The head office of the NBC is situated in Cullinan Street, Northern Industrial, Windhoek. The head office in Windhoek houses mainly the staff members of the following departments and sections: Human Capital & Organizational Development; TV Programs; News & Current Affairs; Engineering & IT; Finance & Administration; Marketing & Corporate Communications; Commercial Services; Project Planning , as well as the office of the Director General. The NBC Radio building is located in Pettenkofer Street, Windhoek West. This building contains the offices and studios of six NBC Radio Language Services, namely Afrikaans Service, Damara/Nama Service, German Service, National Radio, Otjiherero Service and Tirelo Ya Setswana, as well as the Windhoek based representatives of the regional stations
(except !Ha Radio). Four NBC Radio Language Services are situated in the regions, namely !Ha Radio in Tsumkwe, Lozi Service in Katima Mulilo, Oshiwambo Service in Oshakati and Rukavango Service in Rundu. The regional stations are also equipped with staff from NBC Engineering & IT and NBC News & Current Affairs. The NBC furthermore has three Contribution Centres, namely in Otjiwarongo, Walvis Bay and Keetmanshoop. The Contribution Centres are smaller in size than the regional stations and house fewer employees. “NBC TV currently broadcasts on a 24 hour basis as does NBC National Radio and other NBC Radio Language Services broadcast include a number of appropriate religious and cultural shows in a number of languages included, Damara/Nama, Afrikaans, German and Tirelo Ya Setswana.” – Albertus. The NBC maintains over 50 transmitter stations throughout Namibia which in turn house over 260 transmitters. Approximately 94% of the Namibian population is reached via NBC Radio and 64% of the population has access to NBC TV. They have also developed a highly loyal and engaging following online making use of online social networks such as Facebook to keep people up to date with what’s new and exciting. On here viewers can get a glimpse into the inner workings of this national broadcaster. “Our aim is to be the leading multi media broadcaster choice of Africa.”
Namibian Broadcasting Company www.nbc.com.na 00264 61 291 3111 Written by Don Campbell