NBC issues final warning to Obaigbena’s Arise TV over ‘derogatory’ remarks⁣

Nduka Obaigbena

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has given Nduka Obaigbena’s Arise TV a final warning over what it called “derogatory and incendiary remarks” on its programmes. ⁣

NBC’s director-general Balarabe Ilelah urged the broadcaster in a letter dated October 6, 2023, to install a delay mechanism to avoid unwanted content.⁣

The letter was addressed to the chief executive officer, Arise Global Media Limited.

This comes eight months after the NBC fined Arise TV N2 million for breaching Nigeria’s broadcasting codes. ⁣

The letter reads partly, “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 guests that may feature on the station from time to time.⁣


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“The commission listed the station’s morning show programme on October 5 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 NBC also accused Arise TV of defaulting on its responsibility while airing its Newsday programme which featured the spokesperson of the Labour Party, Kenneth Okonkwo, who, it said, 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 prescribed in section 5.5.6 of the broadcasting code.”