NBC charges Channels TV N5m fine for breaking the broadcasting code

Channels TV has been slammed N5 million fine by The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for breaking the broadcasting code in an interview programme with LP vice presidential candidate, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.

This was revealed in a letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the television station and dated March 27.

The letter, with title: “Broadcast of an Inciting Interview, A Sanction”, was signed by the commission’s Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah.

It reads: “The NBC monitored the broadcast of a live interview of the running mate of the Labour Party Vice presidential candidate, Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed, by the anchor of Politics Today, Seun Okinbaloye, on Wednesday, March 22.

“Dr Baba-Ahmed said it will be unconstitutional to swear in an elected president on May 29, 2023, because of election irregularities,” Ilelah said in the letter.

The NBC DG charged that the broadcast with Datti on channels Tv is volatile and capable of inciting public disorder and therefore violated some sections of the broadcasting code.

This, according to him, includes the section that said no broadcast shall encourage, or incite, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference to any person or organisation, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity.

Ilelah added that according to the broadcasting code, broadcasters shall ensure that no programme contained anything which amounted to subversion of constituted authority.

He recalled that NBC had engaged Channels Television several times to consider public interest before any programme is broadcast.

He further explained that this, was to ensure that the country was not plunged into anarchy.


“Consequently, on the following infractions, Channels Television is hereby sanctioned and shall pay a penalty of N5,000,000 (five million naira) only in the first instance,” he said.

He added that any further infraction by the television station would attract higher sanctions.

“You are advised to pay within two weeks from the day of receipt of this letter or the penalty will be graduated,” the NBC Director-General said.

Recall that that APC Presidential Campaign Council on Thursday petitioned NBC over the same programme, drawing attention to several violations of the Broadcasting Code.

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