NBC queries Channels TV over Ortom’s interview


The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has queried Channels Television following an interview Benue Governor Samuel Ortom granted the station.

Ortom on Tuesday appeared as guest on Channels’ breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, where he hurled diatribe on Buhari and describing him as the worst Nigeria’s President of all times to which the presidency hit back at the governor via a statement Mallam Garba Shehu released.

 But a letter signed by NBC Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah dated August 24, said the station violated six of its codes during the broadcast of the interview.

The NBC said the comments of the Governor were “divisive, inciting and unfair”, adding that Channels TV anchors did not “thoroughly interrogate” Ortom.

 It reads in part: “The national broadcasting commission monitored the broadcast of your program Sunrise Daily between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday,” the letter reads.

“The programme which had as guest the executive governor of Benue state governor Samuel Ortom was observed to contain inciting divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors.

“This negates the following provisions of the Nigeria broadcasting code. Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the commission within 24 hours of receipt of this letter.”

Recall that in April the agency suspended the broadcast license of Channels Television and imposed a N5 million fine on the station for alleged breach of the broadcast code in its live programme titled: “Politics Today”.

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