NBC writes Channels, says Ortom broadcast infringed on Broadcasting Code

August 26, 2021
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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has written the management of Channels Television saying that the media house’s broadcast featuring Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has infringed on some sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

The letter dated August 24, 2021, was signed by Balarabe Shehu llelah,  Director General  of NBC and addressed to the Managing Director, Channels Television.

The letter titled, NOTICE OF INFRACTION, reads:

The National Broadcasting Commission monitored the broadcast of your programme Sunrise Daily between 7am and 9am on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

The programme which had as guest the Executive Governor of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom was observed to contain inciting, divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors. These negate the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code;

Section 1.10.4: 

The Broadcaster shall ensure that its Presenter……shall handle it with professionalism and sound judgment to ensure that it does not loose focus or lead to unfair treatment or institution

Section 3.1.1:

“No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference or organization alive or dead…”

Section 3.3.1(b): 

“the broadcaster shall ensure that all sides to any issue of public interest are equitably presented for fairness and balance”

Section 3.3.1(e): 

the broadcaster shall not treat any individual or organization in an unjust or unfair manner”

Section 3.11.1(a): 

“the broadcaster shall ensure that language likely to encourage or incite to crime or lead to disorder is not broadcast

Section 3.12.2: 

“the broadcaster shall not transmit a program that incites or likely to incite to violence among the populace, causing mass panic, political and social upheaval, security breach and general social disorder.”

Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the Commission within 24 hours of receipt of this letter.

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