NBC Issues Final Warning TO Arise TV Over Use Of Derogatory Remarks On It’s TV Station

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a resolute and final warning to Arise Television, specifically addressing concerns surrounding the use of derogatory and incendiary language on the channel.

This action reflects the regulatory body’s response to heightened apprehensions regarding the content aired by the television station.

The warning was conveyed through a letter signed by the NBC’s Director General, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah dated October 6, 2023.

This communique serves as a compelling call to action, urging Arise Television to implement a delay mechanism as a safeguard against the dissemination of objectionable content.

The letter was directed to the Chief Executive Officer of Arise Global Media Limited, underlining the specific responsibility the TV station bears in ensuring that both their guests and their content meet the standards of respectful and responsible broadcasting.

The letter reads:

“Preponderance of derogatory and incendiary remarks: final warning” reads in part: “The NBC has observed with concern preponderance of incendiary remarks allowed on Arise news.

“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.”

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