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NBC slams N500,000 fine on NTA, AIT, Channels, 42 others over political broadcast [Full List]

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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has sanctioned 45 Television and Radio stations across the country over violation the country’s broadcasting code during the 2019 electioneering campaigns.

The Director-General of the commission, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, added that a fine of N500,000 was slammed on each of the defaulting stations.

Kawu stated that the decision was arrived at following the review of the 2019 electioneering broadcasts and campaign to ensure professionalism, good taste and decency in the election process.

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According to him, failure to abide by the punitive measure, the commission would not hesitate to close down these stations, adding that national interest would not be sacrificed on the altar of some selfish or vested interest.

Kawu, therefore, called on the country’s broadcast stations to that are in the habit of putting a disclaimer before airing a hate speech to refrain from doing so, advising them to remember that putting a disclaimer does not absolve them of the editorial responsibility they have with the NBC and the Nigerian public.

See the list of stations below:

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LIST OF STATIONS THAT BREACHED THE PROVISIONS OF THE CODE

S/N STATION PROGRAMME BREACH SECTION SANCTION

ABUJA ZONE
1 Jordan FM, (93.9 FM) Abuja The Page & National Dialogue Partisan comments in phone-in programmes less than 24 hrs to election 7.6.6
500,000.00
2 Nigerian Info 95.1 FM, Abuja Newspaper Headlines Use of campaign headlines on newspaper review 7.6.6 500,000.00
3 Greetings 105.7 FM, Abuja Talk Nigeria Use of partisan SMS and endorsement of candidates 7.6.6
500,000.00
4 AIT, Network Kaakaki (Kaakaki Social) Display of party logo and patrician social media content 7.6.6
500,000.00
5 Crystal 91.3 FM, Abuja Advert Political campaign jingle 7.6.6 500,000.00
6 WE 106.3 FM, Abuja Sundowner Use of campaign messages by presenter 7.6.6 500,000.00
7 NBS, Keffi Newspaper Review Use of campaign messages 7.6.6 500,000.00
8 ZUMA 91.2 FM, SULEJA Hot Seat Partisan Political Broadcast 7.6.6
500,000.00
9 Channels TV, Abuja News Headline Display of partisan newspaper headline less than 24 hours to election 7.6.6 500,000.00

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BENIN ZONE –
1 Delta Broadcasting Service 97.9 FM, Asaba Political Broadcast Use of campaign messages 5.2.12
500,000.00
2 Bridge 98.7 FM, Asaba Adverts & News Political campaign jingle and use of campaign messages in news 500,000.00
3 Crown 94.7 FM, Asaba Advert Use of political campaign jingles 500,000.00
4 Rize 106.7 FM, Warri Advert Political campaign jingle 500,000.00

ENUGU ZONE –
1 Vision Africa Radio, Umuahia (104.1 FM) Political Programme Political campaign jingle less than 24 hours before election 5.2.12, 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,00.00
2 Zandas FM, Owerri (105.7 FM) Advert Political campaign jingle less than 24 hours before election. 7.6.6., 7.6.7 500,000.00
3 Reach FM Owerri (104.9 FM) Political Phone-in Endorsement of candidate in a phone-in programme less than 24 hours to election 5.2.12, 7.6.6
500,000.00
4 Solid 100.9 FM, Enugu Advert Political campaign jingle less than 24 hours to polling day 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
5 NTA CH 12 Owerri News Use of campaign rally in news 7.6.6, 7.6.67 500,000.00
6 Odenigbo Radio 99.1 FM, Obosi Political programme Endorsement of political candidates by presenter 5.2.12 500,000.00
7 Reach 104.9 FM, Owerri Sports Illegal announcement of election result by a caller 5.2.14, 5.2.15 500,000.00
8 Megaband 97.3 FM, Owerri Advert Political campaign and endorsement of candidate 5.2.12, 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00

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JOS ZONE –
1 Ashi Waves 99.9 FM, Katsina-Ala News Bulletin Use of partisan content in news 500,000.00
2 BRC II (FM) Bauchi (Jama’are) News Bulletin Use of political campaign in news bulletin 500,000.00
3 Swomen Agro FM, Shendam Advert Political campaign less than 24 hours to polling day 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
4 TSBS (AM) Jalingo News Use of partisan comments in news 5.2.12 500,000.00
5 BRC II (FM) Bauchi (Misau FM) Advert Political campaign less than 24 hours to polling day 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00

KADUNA ZONE –
1 Vision FM, Katsina Advert Political campaign less than 24 hours to polling day 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
2 Arewa Radio, Kano Advert Political campaign less than 24 hours to polling day 5.2.12, 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
3 Invicta FM, Kaduna Newspaper Review Use of campaign captions in newspaper review 5.2.12 500,000.00

LAGOS ZONE –
1 Raypower FM, Lagos Newspaper Review Use of campaign captions in newspaper review 5.2.12
500,000.00
2 AIT Lagos Democracy Today Broadcast of political personalities with attires bearing party symbols and identification 5.2.12, 7.6.7 1,000,000.00
3 Inspiration FM, Lagos Newspaper Review Use of campaign captions in newspaper review 5.2.12 500,000.00
4 Radio Lagos Newspaper review Use of campaign headlines in newspaper review 5.2.12 500,000.00
5 City FM, Lagos Newspaper review Use of campaign headlines in newspaper review 5.2.12 500,000.00
6 Lagos Talk Newspaper review Use of campaign headlines in newspaper review 5.2.12 500,000.00
7 LTV 8, Lagos Political Rally Use of hate speech at a live political rally 4.5.1, 3.3.3, 5.2.5 500,000.00
8 TVC News, Lagos Political Rally Ditto Ditto
500,000.00
9 ONTV Advert Use of campaign jingle less than 24 hours to election 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
10 TVC News, Lagos Advert Political jingle less than 24 hours to polling day 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
11 Silverbird TV, Lagos Advert Use of party logo less than 24 hours to polling day 500,000.00
12 Channels TV, Lagos Business News Use of party logo less than hours to election 5.2.12 500,000.00
13 Classic FM Lagos Newspaper Review Use of campaign statement by analyst on newspaper review 5.2.12 500,000.00

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MAIDUGURI ZONE –
1 Yobe Broadcasting Corporation, Damaturu Advert Partisan campaign less than 24 hours to polling day 7.6.6, 7.6.7 500,000.00
2 Gombe Media Corp. Bauchi GMTV 25 News Report Display of party logo less than 24 hours to polling day 5.2.12 500,000.00

SOKOTO ZONE –
1 Vision FM, Birni Kebbi Advert Political campaigns less than 24 hours to polling day 500,000.00

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