The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Arise News and TVC N2 million each for alleged breach of national broadcasting codes.
The fines, according to letters written to the media outfits by NBC Director General, Balarabe Ilelah, on February 3, 2023, are to be paid within two weeks of the receipt of the letters or the sanction would be increased.
The NBC said the stations breached the following sections of the Code: 1.10.4; 3.1.2; 3.1.2; 3.3.1(e); 4.2.2 (g); 4.2.2 (g); 4.3.1(e); 5.3.3 (c); 5.3.3 (e); 5.3.3 (f); and 5.5.1 (b).
It accused TVC News of allowing derogatory and unfair comments to be broadcast on its station.
Ilelah said the worrisome trend had become a house style on TVC.
It said the unprofessional broadcasts by TVC include the Joint media Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council press briefing where Festus Keyamo said “Obasanjo and Atiku run a criminal enterprise, an empire of fraud in Abuja…” and alleged that some goons of Atiku Abubakar were planning to eliminate Michael Achimugu, a whistleblower.
It also rebuked TVC News for not giving equal news coverage to other political parties in all their news.
In the letter to Arise TV, NBC said there were infractions in the following sections of the code: 1.10.4; 3.1.2; 3.3.1(e); 5.3.3 (e); 5.3.3 (f); 5.5.1 (b); 5.5.1 (d); and 5.5.6.
The commission cited the broadcast of the presidential campaign rally of PDP in Delta, interview with former APC Campaign Director, Na’jaatu Muhammed, and the broadcast of the PDP presidential campaign rally in Sokoto.
The NBC slammed Arise Global Media for allegedly giving prominence to unfair content which are glamorised on Arise News programme “What is Trending”.