Saturday, October 23, 2021

NBC suspends Channels TV over interview with IPOB leader

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday wielded its heavy hammer of a private television station, Channels Television by suspending the outfit and with a fine N5 million for breaching the broadcast code over an interview conducted by the foremost news outlet with one of the leaders of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB).

The letter of breach and sanction was contained in he NBC in a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television, signed by the Acting Director General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba.

NBC referred to Channels 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.

The NBC described it as contrary to the broadcast code, accusing 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.

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