- AIT, Arise TV and Channels TV are now in big trouble for allegedly flouting NBC's code of conduct
- The media houses have been fined not less than N2 million by the commission
- This was disclosed by the acting director-general of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday, October 26
For using unverifiable online video footages from social media, regarded as a gross violation of broadcast code, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has sanctioned the African Independent Television (AIT), Arise TV and Channels TV.
The decision of the NBC was announced by its acting director-general, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday, October 26, AIT reports.
Idachaba said that the above-named media houses will be fined about N2 million naira for violating the commission's code of conduct.
The acting boss of NBC said this is the first warning, adding that the second violation will be met with a heavier punishment.
He went on to say that DAAR Communications will be fined separately for using an unverifiable news item on the fire tragedy that occurred at the National Christian Centre.
Earlier, after slamming a popular radion station with N5 million fine over the alleged promotion of hate speech and unverified claims, the NBC reeled-out eight guidelines for political broadcast on Edo, Ondo elections.
NBC said it was concerned with "the unprofessional conduct of the radio station in the handling of the Programme, “Morning CrossFire."
Obadiah Mailafia, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) while speaking on radio on August 10, 2020, had claimed that a governor is contributing to the festering insecurity in the country by providing financial and moral support for the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits.
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In a subsequent development, NBC warned broadcasting stations against using their platforms to promote violence-inciting political jingles.
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