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NBC: Why AIT, NTA, others were punished for election broadcasts

NBC: Why AIT, NTA, others were punished for election broadcasts
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Two of Nigeria’s frontline broadcast networks, NTA and AIT are among scores of stations affected in sweeping clampdowns for breaching election campaigns rules, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said.
The broadcast regulator said this when it named stations that allegedly breached the industry’s top operational rule, the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, which stipulates guidelines for election campaigns.
NBC said that the erring broadcast companies allegedly disobeyed the rules of the game “starting from the beginning of the electioneering campaigns up till the election weekend” in sweeping sanctions that trailed the March 28 Presidential Elections in Nigeria.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Awwalu Salihu, Director/Head, Public Affairs, NBC”]“The contraventions include breaches of the rules on the broadcast of sponsored electoral campaign materials, which must conform to the standards of truth, decency and good taste, and requiring the sponsor to be clearly identified.”[/blockquote]

Nigeria General Elections 2015
President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (left) and President Goodluck Jonathan
“The contraventions include breaches of the rules on the broadcast of sponsored electoral campaign materials, which must conform to the standards of truth, decency and good taste, and requiring the sponsor to be clearly identified”, Awwalu Salihu, Director/Head, Public Affairs, NBC said in a statement announcing the clampdown.
Other breaches included the airing of campaign materials or programmes that promoted political parties or candidates within the 24-hour prohibition period, as well as unauthorised networking by a group of stations.
NBC alleged that one station, NTA, breached the sensibilities rules while two others, NTA and AIT, breached the rules on airing sponsored materials. Two other stations, Rima Radio Sokoto and BSES Ekiti, breached rules on denial of access while 16 stations nationwide erred by advertising or promoting a political party after campaigns had stopped 24 hours to election times.
In the same vein, four stations in Kaduna, Liberty TV, Liberty FM, Karama FM and Alheri FM, breached the illegal networking rules, NBC alleged.
According to Salihu, “all the stations have been either queried or sanctioned according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.”
According to the list released by NBC, the affected broadest stations include the underlisted:
S/N STATION     BREACH
1. NTA     Respect for sensibilities
  1. NTA     Rules of airing sponsored materials
  1. AIT     Rules of airing sponsored materials
  1. Rima Radi    Denial of access
  1. STV Lagos     24-hour advert prohibition rules;
  1. NTA Lagos    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. NTA2 CH 5    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. AIT    24-hour advert prohibition rules (twice)
  1. TVC Lagos    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. NTV    24-hour advert prohibition rules
11 PRTV Jos    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. NTA Makurdi    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. Vision FM    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. Nigeria Info    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. OSBC TV    24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. Freedom TV    Ilesha 24-hour advert prohibition rules
17 BCOS TV    24-hour advert prohibition rules
18 Liberty TV, Liberty Radio, Karama (FRCN) FM and Alheri FM Illegal networking
19 NTA Jos    24-hour advert prohibition rules
 20 Gombe Media Corp Radio FM  24-hour advert prohibition rules
  1. BSES Ekiti    Denial of access
  1. DSTV (EbonyLive TV Channel)  24-hour advert prohibition rules
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