The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has slammed three broadcast stations with fines after finding them guilty of unprofessional conduct in broadcast of COVID-19.
The erring stations are Breez FM, Akure, fined N250,000; Adaba FM, Akure, fined twice with N500,000 and Albarika FM, Illorin, 250,000.
The commission in its first quarterly report for 2020 said its hammer fell on 28 stations for violating areas of the NBC Code dealing with obscenity, political breaches, hate speech, unprofessionalism, unverifiable claims, advertisement, and technical.
NBC acting Director-General, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, while briefing journalists in Abuja said the sanctions the outcome of the first quarterly profile of broadcasting stations in the country.
“On the coverage and reportage of COVID-19, three broadcasting stations were specifically sanctioned for violating the code for unverifiable claims and lack of professionalism,” Idachaba said.
He, however, re-emphasised that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
In the area of digital switch over, Idachaba said the NBC is considering a new licence fee regime and broadcast signal distributor carriage fees for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) operators.
“The new rates would affect National Free-View DTT; Regional Free-View DTT; Local Free-View DTT. The Committee expects all licensed DTT operators to commence payment of the new fees, which are lower than the fees in the analogue era,” Idachaba said.