FG Issues Final Warning To Arise TV Over Use Of Derogatory Remarks

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), on behalf of the Federal Government, has given a final warning to Arise Television over the use of derogatory and incendiary remarks on its station.
The NBC’s Director General, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, issued the warning in a letter on October 6, 2023.
The letter urged the TV station to apply a delay mechanism to protect against objectionable content.
The letter, which was written to the Chief Executive Officer of Arise Global Media Limited, also urged the TV station to uphold its obligation of keeping its guests in check.
The letter titled: “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.”
Ada Peter
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