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NBC commends role of broadcast stations in Edo election, urges same for Ondo

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commended the role of broadcasting stations in Nigeria for the professional and ethical broadcast, which no doubt, contributed to ensuring free, fair, and peaceful elections in Edo State.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the commission and signed by its Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ekanem Antia, NBC “enjoined broadcasting stations in Ondo State to borrow a leaf from their colleagues in Edo State, by using the Nigeria Broadcasting Code as a guide to ensure free, fair and credible elections.”

It said as part of its mandate, NBC “monitored for compliance, the conduct and content of broadcasting stations before, during and after the just-concluded Edo State Elections in line with the NBC ACT, CAP11, Laws of the Federation 2004.”

In a similar vein, the commission drew the attention of broadcasters, particularly, operators of Pay Television services and Free-To-Air TV services on the deadline issued by it for stoppage of continuous violations of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code with the repeated broadcast of NTBB’s (NOT-TO-BE-BROADCAST) Musicals.

The commission had earlier warned that the broadcast of vulgar and obscene musical videos, which some have attributed to the increasing trend of rape and other social vices, will not be tolerated from 0ctober 1, 2020.

The statement added: “The commission would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions to violators for any breach in line with its mandate,” noting that it has also released the list of broadcast stations sanctioned in the Second Quarter, 2020, for various breaches.

The list indicates stations sanctioned for vulgar lyrics, unverifiable claims, repeated broadcast of NTBB’s.

“The National Broadcasting Commission wishes to remind broadcasters that they have a duty to promote the corporate existence of Nigeria, and the socio-economic well-being of the Nigerian State,” the statement ended.


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