The use of “derogatory and incendiary remarks” against President Bola Tinubu and others on Arise Television’s station has drawn a strong warning from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
This was disclosed in a letter by Dr. Balarabe Shehu llelah, Director General of the Commission on Friday.
In order to protect against objectionable content, the letter urged the TV station to have a delay mechanism.
The letter, which was written to the CEO of Arise Global Media Limited, also pleaded with the TV station to uphold its obligation to control its guests.
“This letter seeks to underscore the tremendous responsibility put on the broadcaster to manage the array of guest that may feature on the station from time to time.
“The commission listed the station’s morning show programme on 5th October anchored by Reuben Abati, Rufai Oseni and Ayo Maio-Ese, which featured Oladokun Hassan and Dele Farotimi as guests. The programme contained unguarded incendiary remarks by Dele Farotimi against the Legislature and the Executive, the Judiciary and Mr. President.
“The station was also accused of not keeping to its responsibility while airing its programme ” Newsday” which featured Kenneth Okonkwo, (Spokesperson of Labour Party) who used derogatory remarks on air.
“The commission therefore drew the attention of the broadcast station to broadcast rule and code 1.10.3, 3.3.1(a), 3.3.3(c), 3.3.1 (e), 5.3.3(b) and 5.5.6.
“Arise TV is advised to install a delay mechanism to guard against undesirable contents as prescribe in section 5.5.6 of the broadcasting code.”