“We’ll keep summoning anyone who violates broadcasting code”, Says NBC

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), Balarabe Ilelah, has called on media platforms to adhere to the regulations of the Commission.

Ilelah said the Commission will not hesitate to “keep on summoning anyone who goes contrary to NBC code”.

Recall that some anchors of Channels Television were summoned by the Commission last week over an interview granted to Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue state.

While appearing as a guest on its programme, the governor had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of trying to “Fulanise” Nigeria.

In reaction, NBC said Channels violated six of its rules during the broadcast of the interview, and that the anchors did not “thoroughly interrogate” the governor.

Speaking yesterday, when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) visited the Commission’s office in Abuja, the Ilelah said the NBC will continue to regulate and sanitise the media.

“NBC is not here to suppress press freedom, but to guide the press. Our duty is to make sure that everybody is given a fair playing ground, so that you can say whatever you want to say that is according to the law”, the D-G emphasised.

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