NBC slams N5m fine, suspends Channels TV for speaking with IPOB

ABUJA -National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended Channels Television with a fine N5 million for breaching the broadcast code.

In a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television signed by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the Commission referred to Channels 7 pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, April 25, 2021, in which it accused the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution or reprimand by the station contrary to the broadcast code.

It also accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to make derogatory, false and misleading statements about the Nigerian army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.

The management of Channels Television could not be immediately reached for comment before going to press.

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