NBC queries ChannelsTV, says Ortom broadcast infringed on Broadcasting Code

The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), has written the management of Channels Television, saying that the media house’s broadcast featuring Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has infringed on some sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

In a letter signed by its Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah, the NBC said Channels TV violated six of its codes during the broadcast of the interview.

The NBC said the comments of the governor were “divisive, inciting and unfair”, adding that Channels TV anchors did not “thoroughly interrogate” Ortom.

The Commission asked Channels TV to, within 24 hours of receiving its letter, explain why it should not be sanctioned.

The letter reads: “The National Broadcasting Commission monitored the broadcast of your program Sunrise Daily between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday. 

“The programme, which had as guest the executive governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, was observed to contain inciting, divisive and unfair comments, which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors.

“This negates the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the commission within 24 hours of receipt of this letter”.

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