Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: NBC Threatens to Suspend Licences of Two Broadcasting Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) yesterday asked 'ADABA' FM, Akure and Ondo State Radiovision Corporation, to desist forthwith from unwholesome programming or face sanctions.

In a statement in Abuja yesterday, "NBC noted with grave concern, the unprofessional conduct of Continental Broad-casting Services Ltd, operators of ADABA FM, Akure and the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation, (OSRC) in the on-going governorship campaigns in Ondo State."

According to the statement NBC's Director General, Mr Yomi Bolarinwa, the two stations have breached the provisions of the NBC Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

The code states that "in adherence to the principles of pluralism, equal airtime shall be provided to all political parties or views, with particular regard to the amount of time and belt, during political campaign periods".

NBC said in spite of several warnings and admonitions, one of the stations has continued to exhibit bias in political coverage and broadcast of political jingles in favour of a political party.

The other station which was also recently fined and has paid N400,000 for persistent violations of the provisions of the code, has allegedly continued and is being used for public incitement to violence, the commission said.

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