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NBC Sanctions 78 Broadcast Stations

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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC says it sanctioned 78 broadcasting stations between October and December, 2017.

A statement released by the Commission over the weekend showed that the affected stations breached several broadcast offences ranging from: musical with vulgar lyrics; use of NTBB Music; alcohol advertisement before stipulated time; voicing of a political jingle by a presenter, lack of aviation warning light and unverifiable claim to cure serious disease among others.

The statement showed that the sanction affected various stations from different zones in the county.

The fines imposed on the erring stations ranges from N100,000 – N200,000. Of the total number, 12 are from Uyo zone, 3 from Maiduguri, 3 from Lagos, 14 from Kaduna, 11 from Ibadan, 20 from Enugu, 10 from Abuja, 3 from Benin and 1 from Jos zones.

Meanwhile, the NBC, had on Thursday warned broadcast stations in the country to desist from broadcasting political campaigns and hate speeches or face the full weight of the law.

Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, Director General of the Commission, who handed down the warning in Abuja said that NBC is going to begin a phased Analogue Switch Off (ASO), in Plateau state and the FCT, by the end of the First Quarter of 2018.

He noted that it is wrong and also against the ethics of the profession for any broadcast station to broadcast campaign messages or programmes when the lid was yet to be lifted.

Kawu warned that media stations must do everything professional to promote democracy in the country.

He also warned against inciting messages and deliberate airing of inciting contents, which are capable of inciting the people against each other.

His words: “Permit me dear colleagues, to also take your time to remind our broadcasters, that as we approach the electioneering period, stations must do everything professional to promote democracy.

Broadcasters are reminded that they have a duty to respect all extant laws related to the reportage and coverage of the electoral process.

Don’t broadcast campaigns when the period for commencement of campaigns have not commenced.”

“We are disturbed by the pattern of insensitive and inflammatory broadcasts emanating from some broadcast stations, especially in their coverage of national crises, like the Herdsmen/Farmer crises.

“Just yesterday, we released the sanctions profile for Nigerian broadcast stations for the 4th quarter of 2017. Many stations have been fined for hateful and inciting broadcast. (The list is already on our website).

It is important to remind our presenters and so-called On-Air-Personalities (OAPs), that they must be professionally detached from the stories and reports of crises phenomena.

They are to offer platforms for Nigerians to present all the sides to issues in the news, not become the subjects of these stories, as they are wont to do on many programs.

This is especially true of political programs on broadcast stations.

“We have observed that some stations deliberately and repeatedly air very inciting contents long after the events break.

We have warned stations that they must follow the tenets of the Broadcasting Code. Having warned broadcasters, we shall follow up with appropriate sanctions should any station continue to violate the Broadcasting Code,” he warned.

 

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102.3 Max FM Ranked No.1 Music Station in Lagos

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It’s official! 102.3 Max FM is now rated the No.1 music station in Lagos with over 1.6 million listeners every day.

Figures just released from the official industry – wide All Media & Products Survey (AMPS) show that 102.3 MAX FM increased its audience share from 14% in March to 26% in April (+85%).

In pure thousands, 102.3 MAX FM increased its number of daily listeners from 846,024 in March to 1,607,782 in April, an increase of 761,758 listeners, or a staggering 90% increase month on month.

The Max Breakfast show with Debbie and Mark, from 5am to 10am, is now on course to attract one million listeners per day, as the April AMPS research records 930,289 listeners per day (17% share).

TVC Communications Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hanlon said; “These figures are astounding and an acknowledgement that the unique sound of 102.3 MAX FM, which was only launched in October 2017, is a huge hit with 15-34 year old listeners in Lagos.

The research results also demonstrate that 102.3 MAX FM is now one of the most successful radio launches, not just in Lagos, but throughout Nigeria and that our target demographic loves our format of less talk and more hit music. We now look forward to rolling out the MAX FM brand throughout the major cities of Nigeria and in particular the launch of MAX FM Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) in just a few weeks from now.  A big thank you to all our advertisers, our brilliant presenters and staff and of course, our loyal listeners.”

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NBC Closes Reach FM Linked to Okorocha, Imo Gov.

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has closed down indefinitely Reach FM, a newly established radio station allegedly owned by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state for operating without licence.

 

Alhaji Bugudu Almalik, director, Media Operation Unit of NBC, said in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, that neither the name of Rochas Okorocha nor any member of his family was issued with radio operating license.

He wondered why individual could resume operation of a radio station when neither his name nor his agent reflected in the board of trustees of the firm that applied for Reach FM.

 

According to him, having failed to secure a radio license, the owner connived with some NBC workers to locate owners of approved licenses that were not in operation, saying that when NBC found one that was not in use, the owners bought over their license in the form of partnership, describing it as an action that is not allowed by NBC laws.

 

Furthering, he added that following their lack of regard for due process, the owners in connivance with one Mr. Kennedy Zanders commenced broadcasting in the station without NBC visitation, confirmation nor approval

 

The NBC director expressed bitterness that the act drew the anger of the NBC which since ordered the immediate closure of the station with an ongoing probe on how he obtained Reach FM license.

 

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Channels TV Reporter Dies in Yobe

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Jonathan Gopep, Channels TV reporter in Yobe state, is dead. He died after a brief illness at Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu on Thursday.

 

Aged 47 years, the late Gopep was a graduate of Mass Communication from University of Maiduguri.

 

Late Gopep who was a reporter of Yobe State Television (YTV) joined Channels Television out of passion, at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency.

 

He was described by his colleagues as an excellent reporter and a perfect gentleman.

 

Our correspondent also gathered that he was managing himself for two weeks after being diagnosed with liver infection.

 

“Two days ago, his health condition continued deteriorating. He was rushed to the hospital this afternoon where he died few hours later,” his neighbour, Musa M Buba disclosed.

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