Abuja — The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday asked ‘ADABA’ FM, Akure and Ondo State Radio-vision Corporation, to desist forthwith from unwholesome programming or face sanctions.
In a statement released in Abuja yesterday, “NBC noted with grave concern, the unprof- essional conduct of Continental Broadca- sting Services Ltd, operators of ADABA FM, Akure and the Ondo State Radio-vision Corporation, OSRC, in the on-going governor- ship campaigns in Ondo State”.
According to the statement, signed NBC’s Director General, Mr. Yomi Bolarinwa, the two stations have breached the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
The code states that, “in adherence to the principles of pluralism, equal airtime shall be provided to all political parties, with particular regard to the amount of time during political campaign periods”.
However, in spite of several warnings and admonitions, one of the stations has continued to exhibit bias in political coverage and broadcast of political jingles in favour of a political party, the statement stated.
The other station which was also recently fined and has paid N400,000 for persistent violations of the provisions of the code, has allegedly continued the trans- mission of ‘Elaloro’, an offensive content, which “poses a threat to law and order in Ondo State.
“The Commission wishes to put it on record, that it will not hesitate to suspend the broadcast licences of both stations, should they continue to breach the code,” the statement said.