The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has released a list of broadcast stations sanctioned between October and December 2017 for various broadcast infractions.
The list was published on the Commission’s website on Thursday with the NBC warning that more stations will be sanctioned if they break the broadcast standards and rules in the country.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, NBC Director General, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu said many of the stations were fined for hateful and inciting broadcast.
His words: “We are disturbed by the pattern of insensitive and inflammatory broadcasts emanating from some broadcast stations, especially in their coverage of national crises, like the Herdsmen/Farmer crises. We have observed that some stations deliberately and repeatedly air very inciting contents long after the events break.
“We have warned stations that they must follow the tenets of the Broadcasting Code. Having warned broadcasters ,we shall follow up with appropriate sanctions should any station continue to violate the Broadcasting Code”.
He added: “It is important to remind our presenters and so-called On-Air-Personalities (OAPs), that they must be professionally detached from the stories and reports of crises phenomena. They are to offer platforms for Nigerians to present all the sides to issues in the news, not become the subjects of these stories, as they are wont to doing on many programs. This is especially true of political programs on broadcast stations”.
The list of stations fined cuts across various zones in the country.
See the list below: