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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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StarTimes to Crash Subscription by September 1

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StarTimes said it will reduce subscription fee for its Classic bouquet from N2,600 to N1,900 come September 1, with the inclusion of Ebony Life TV, ST Nollywood Plus and Fox and ST Kids to the bouquet.

 

The pay-TV company also declared a one-month free access for all its subscribers starting from August 1 to 31 on all decoders, irrespective of subscription status to ensure customers have access to its new channels, available on the Classic bouquet.

 

Kunmi Balogun, the company’s public relations manager, saidthat “This reinforces our commitment to ensuring that our customers enjoy the best for less.”

 

Balogun said: “Starting from September 1, all StarTimes subscribers will enjoy more entertainment for less. With the addition of new entertainment, movies and kiddie’s channels. We are aware of the economic challenges faced by many Nigerians and have resolved to allow them watch all our new channels for free this August and reduce our subscription rate come September 1.”

 

The company added that it seeks to enrich the lives of its customers across the various territories where it operates. “We are constantly looking for new ways of delivering more value to our customers with the best local and international entertainment.

 

“We want to do our bit with this offering. While others are increasing prices, we find ways to lower ours to ensure customer satisfaction,” he added.

 

 

 

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MURIC Boasts it Got NBC to Ban Falz Video

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Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that after unsuccessfully trying to get Falz, a Nigerian singer to take down his viral video “This is Nigeria” they ‘ambushed’ him using National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

 

Recall that the NBC had a few days back banned the song it alleged is “laced with vulgar lyrics”.

 

But in a statement, Monday by Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, claimed credit for the NBC’s action adding that they avoided going to court as that might take years to resolve.

 

“We asked Falz to withdraw the video or we would sue him,” the statement read.

 

“Instead of showing remorse he dared us. We knew he could delay the court case for years because he is a lawyer and he would use every trick in the books to frustrate us. That was why he was boasting.

Falz, a Nigerian singer

“Therefore, instead of going to court, we decided to ambush him by sending a petition to the video board. This week, the NBC banned the video and others like it.

 

“He should be the one to go to court now if he likes. Let him go and show how brilliant he is in court.

 

“He and his fans laughed at us when we complained about his provocative and vulgar video. But there is no doubt that he who laughs last laughs best. It is hoped that Nigerian artistes will borrow a leaf from this episode.”

 

The group commended the NBC they said  “Falz and other artistes should encourage the youth to emulate our heroes instead of pushing them to ape rogues. Finally, we commend NBC and the video censors board for acting swiftly.”

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NGO Calls for Sack of Kawu, NBC Boss over Hate Speech

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Paradigm Initiative, Pan-African digital rights advocacy group, has called on the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to terminate the appointment of Modibbo Kawu as Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, for alleged engagement in spreading hate speech.

 

The group made the call in a letter sent to the acting president last Wednesday, August 8.

 

The group urged the acting president to relieve the DG of the NBC of his duties “to allow for fair investigation of comments attributed to him and to serve as a needed example and precedent for politicians and public officers irrespective of political affiliation”

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Mr. Kawu’s duty as the Director General of the NBC entails ensuring that the execution of the policies of the commission and its day to day administration is carried out smoothly.

 

The organization further noted that “in carrying out this responsibility… several sanctions and heavy fines have been imposed by the DG against radio, television stations and media houses who have been adjudged as promoting “anti-democratic” content such as misinformation and content capable of inciting violence or causing disaffection in the polity.”

 

However, a Premium Times report on the 5th of August 2018 revealed that Mr. Kawu engaged in posting a string of undemocratic messages on a Whatsapp group of northern editors and intellectuals.

 

In the said group, he made statements of tribal and ethnic implications; capable of inciting hate.

 

According to Boye Adegoke, Program Manager in Paradigm Initiative, “Given the sensitive nature of Mr. Modibbo’s position and role in the affairs of the NBC, it is highly unbecoming of him to be seen creating and promoting such inciting content.

 

“Not only are his actions inappropriate and unbefitting of a public servant but also unacceptable of the Director General of the Commission responsible for amongst other things, regulating and controlling the broadcasting Industry in Nigeria.

 

“At a time when the Nigerian government is putting in efforts to curb fake news, hate speech and harmful content, it is almost laughable that the very person put in the frontline of championing this cause is reported to be engaging in acts such as this,” Adegoke concluded.

 

Paradigm Initiative ended the letter reminding the acting president that Nigeria is a democratic nation in which no one should be above the law and in which equity and justice prevail.

 

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