By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has released the list of broadcasting stations that have been sanctioned for various breaches in contravention of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in the third quarter of 2017.
According to the Head, Public Affairs,Mrs. Maimuna Jimada, the contraventions include breaches of the rules on hateful speech, vulgar lyrics and unverifiable claims and all the erring stations have been fined according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
Following a detailed list of the erring stations and the fines applied, three (3) stations were sanctioned and fined for ‘Use of Hateful speech’ and they are FAMILY LOVE, FM PH, UYO, 06/09/2017(N200,000.00);/ABS, FM AWKA, ENUGU, 01/07/2017 (N100,000.00)and EXPRESS FM RADIO KANO, KANO, three times on 12 /09/2017(100,000.00), 16/09/ 2017(100,000.00) and 17/09/2017 (N100,000.00).
Four (4) other stations were sanctioned for the ‘Use of indecent musicals’ and they include; ROYAL FM, ABUJA, ABUJA 12/6/2017(N100,000.00); FLO FM, UMUAHIA, ENUGU 14/6/2017 (N100,000.00); RADIO CONTINENTAL LAGOS 22/8/17 (N200,000.00); CRYSTAL 100.5FM, MINNA ABUJA 19/9/17 (N100,000.00)
For ‘Unverifiable claims’, 12 stations were fined and they include; CROWTHER FM, ABUJA ABUJA on 8/6/2017 (N100,000.00); HARMONY FM, ABUJA ABUJA 12/6/2017 (N100,000.00); INSPIRATION FM, UYO UYO 19/7/2017 (N100,000.00); BCA FM, UMUAHIA ENUGU 4/7/2017 (N150,000.00) ;ABS, AWKA ENUGU 11/7/2017, (N100,000.00); MINAJ SYSTEMS RADIO, OBOSI ENUGU 26/7/17(N100,000.00).
Others are; IBC (ORIENT TV) OWERRI ENUGU 4/7/2017(N50,000.00); RAINBOW FM, ISHERI IBADAN 6/7/17(N100,000.00); GLOBE FM BAUCHI JOS 22/7/2017(N100,000.00); AREWA RADIO, KANO KADUNA 16/7/2017 (N100,000.00); EBS RADIO, BENIN BENIN 3/8/17, (N100,000.00) and BOND FM LAGOS 22/8/17 (N499,000.00)
Two other stations were sanctioned and fined for ‘Voicing and unprofessional broadcast’ and they are; ITV, JALINGO JOS 2/8/2017 (N100,000.00) and IBC (ORIENT TV) OWERRI ENUGU 4/7/2017 (N50,000.00).
The Commission reminded broadcasters that they have a duty to promote the socio-economic well-being of the Nigerian state and abide strictly by the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code or face sanctions.