N5m Channels TV Fine: BON Petitions Minister, Raps NBC - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, April 9, 2023

N5m Channels TV Fine: BON Petitions Minister, Raps NBC

The umbrella body of Broadcasters in Nigeria, under the aegis of Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, has petitioned the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, complaining of high-hindedness in the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) imposition of N5million on Channels TV for alleged tolerance of treasonable outburst of a Guest.

Besides, the Broadcasters have jointly slammed the NBC for being the "accuser and the judge" in the matter of Channels TV and the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Baba Datti -Ahmed, like sundry other cases.

Recall that Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party Vice-Presidential candidate in the February 25 election appeared on Channels TV "politics today" hosted by Seyi Okinbaloye, wherein the Guest opined that the Chief Judge of the federation should  not swear-in the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He also said that swearing in Tinubu would signature the end of democracy in  Nigeria.

"We found it absurd that NBC as a regulator could impose illegal fine on broadcast station without employing all avenues to investigate the complaints nor gave room for defence from the station sọ accused.

"The Honourable Minister, sir, the attitudes of NBC towards broadcast stations in recent past are not only arbitrary but smacks of high-hindedness which is almost suffocating the broadcast media in the country," Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose,  BON's Executive Secretary, petitioned the Minister, on behalf of the organisation. 

Appealing to the Minister to use his good offices to reign in the NBC, BON writes:"It is in the ligth of the above and for many other reasons that we are calling on the Minister of Information and Culture as the supervising Minister to urgently call NBC to order in other to avoid total decimation of the hitherto respected regulatory body."

Venting its mind to the DG of   NBC, BON said the regulator is "gradually sliding to agent of media suppression which may lose its credibility as unbiases regulator," even as it slammed it for "operatinv with the revised 6th edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting code which a court of competent jurisdiction had declared illegal and that the judgement has not been overturned till date."

Accusing the regulator of displaying what BON called flagrant violation of the Nigerian Broadcasting code, Bamgbose called for two-level disciplinary panel as statutory to investigate whatever infractions there May be.

Meanwhile, the River State Governor, Nyemson Wike has been urged to use his friendship with the media to forestall the demolition of the office Complex of the DAAR communication ltd, operators of Ray Power and AIT, radio and television respectively.

A statement by John Ugbe, Chairman of the BON added that the organisation would appreciate the Governor the more if he could  make out of court settlement happen.

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