The National Broadcasting Commission has imposed a fine of N5million each on Channels TV and Inspiration FM Lagos.
The commission’s acting Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba, who announced this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja said the broadcast stations were fined for infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
In arriving at the fine, he said the NBC reviewed the appeals and apologies from both stations and decided to set aside the option of suspension of licence.
He said the station violated Sections 3.11.1(b) and 5.4.3 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
Idachaba also explained that Inspiration FM had in its World Report of May 2 featured the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra making secessionist claims in breach of 3.11.1(b) and 5.4.3 of the Code.
He said “Section 3.11.1(b), the Broadcaster shall ensure that no programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or compromises the unity or corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state.
“Section 5.4.3, in reporting conflict situations, the broadcaster shall perform the role of a peace agent by adhering to the principle of responsibility, accuracy and neutrality.”
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