According to Stella Erhunmwunsee, the Assistant Director, Broadcast Policy and Research at National Broadcasting Commission in Nigeria, in order to effectively regulate online content, the African continent regulators need to collaborate, and each country utilises its resources into the essential research work required for data gathering efficiency.
Furthermore, informed decisions based on evidence would create a better understanding of how to regulate this unconventional broadcasting format. Ms Erhunmwunsee shared the views highlighted above during the recently concluded online forum on “Effective Regulation Of Online Broadcasting And OTT Streaming Services In Africa”.
Erhunmwunsee also noted that constant monitoring of technological advancements and evolution is much needed. “Regulation needs to be based on evidence, and this can only be done through research”, she added. The ‘what’ and the ‘how’ are essential when determining online content policies and frameworks. Technology will assist in sourcing the most effective and efficient solution to the principle of online content.
The online forum was an initiative by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) to review the best case examples in other jurisdictions and model regulators, and policymakers in Africa can take to provide deeper-level information and knowledge on issues surrounding how effective regulatory and policy frameworks and modalities for regulating online media can be achieved.