The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has slammed Channels Television with a fine of N5 million and suspension for breaching the broadcast code.
The NBC conveyed the suspension notice through a letter addressed to the Managing Director of Channels Television, signed by the Acting Director General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba.
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The letter referred to Channels Television’s 7pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, April 25, 2021, accusing the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without being cautioned or reprimanded by the station.
It also accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to allegedly make derogatory and misleading statements about the Nigerian Army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.
The NBC described the situation as a breach of the broadcast code, hence, the fine and suspension.