NBC Requests TV Stations To Submit Names Of Political Commentators 48 Hours Before Interviews On Live Shows

The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), has warned all Nigerian broadcasting stations to desist from broadcasting contents that could “threaten the unity and peace of the country.” The warning was sent in a May 30th letter addressed to all Nigerian broadcasting stations.
In the letter signed by Chris Okoyomoh, on behalf of the management, the NBC warned that the Commission will “no longer tolerate the repeated abuse currently observed with this genre of program, particularly, inciting, provocative and highly divisive comments frequently served to the public, as live political broadcasts.”

NBC in the letter directed MD's and CEO'sm of all broadcasting stations to notify the commission in writing, at least 48 hours, before transmitting a live program. It also warned that all political broadcasts must conform to the provision of the Code.
As Nigeria approaches the 2015 election there are indications that the agency charged with monitoring the nation’s television stations has become jittery over the willingness of Nigerians to express their displeasure on the state of the nation, live on air. Analysts read this warning as a signal that the powers-that-be are angered by the negative tone of most broadcasting on TV, and their acolytes at the NBC are now willing to crackdown on broadcasting stations to please their political godfather.
Several of the station executives believe that a particular live broadcast sponsored by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state on May 29th, and featuring several opposition political commentators, all blasting President Goodluck Jonathan for condoning corruption, has forced the presidency to clampdown on all live broadcasts.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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