NBC fines Channels TV N5m over Baba-Ahmed’s interview
The National Broadcasting Commission has slammed a fine of
N5 million on Channels Television for breaking the broadcasting law in a
programme with the Labour Party Vice Presidential candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
This is contained in a letter addressed to the Chief
Executive Officer of the television station and dated March 27.
The News Agency of Nigeria exclusively obtained the letter
on Friday in Abuja.
The letter, with the title: “Broadcast of an Inciting
Interview, A Sanction”, was signed by Balarabe Ilelah, the commission’s
It read in part, “The NBC monitored the broadcast of a live
interview of the running mate of the Labour Party Vice presidential candidate,
Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed, by the anchor of Politics Today, Seun Okibaloye, on
Wednesday, March 22.
“Dr Baba-Ahmed said
it will be unconstitutional to swear in an elected president on May 29, 2023,
because of election irregularities.”
He noted that the broadcast was volatile and capable of
inciting public disorder, violating some sections of the broadcasting code.
“Consequently, on the following infractions, Channels
Television is hereby sanctioned and shall pay a penalty of N5,000,000 (five
million naira) only in the first instance,” he said.
He added that any further infraction by the television
station would attract higher sanctions.
“You are advised to pay within two weeks from the day of
receipt of this letter or the penalty will be graduated,” the NBC
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