The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed Channels TV and Inspiration FM, Lagos to pay a fine N5 million each for infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
In a statement Thursday, NBC acting director-general, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, explained that the commission, on April 26, served Channels TV a letter indicating the station’s culpability and liability for infractions of the broadcasting code in respect of the broadcast of its programme ‘Sunday Politics’ on April 25.
Idachaba stated that the station violated Sections 3.11.1(b) and 5.4.3 of the code by interviewing spokesman of the outlawed group the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Idachaba also said that on May 2, Inspiration FM, Lagos during its World Report, broadcast the group making secessionist claims in breach of 3.11.1(b) and 5.4.3 of the Code.
He said that the stations broadcast secessionist, divisive, violent and inflammatory comments.
“The NBC has reviewed the appeals and apologies from both stations, and has decided to set aside the option of suspension of licence.
“The Commission has, however, directed both stations to pay N5 million penalty each to serve as deterrent,” Idachaba said.