The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended Channels Television and imposed a fine of N5 million on the TV station for breaching the broadcast code.
A letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television, signed by the Acting Director General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, referred to Channels 7pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, April 25, 2021, accusing the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without being cautioned or reprimanded by the station.
In the broadcast, Channels TV conducted a telephone interview with the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, where he answered question on the group’s recent activities in the eastern part of the country.
Watch the interview below:
Another Commander Has Taken Over – IPOB pic.twitter.com/tyNXjTl7en
— Channels Television (@channelstv) April 25, 2021
The NBC described it as contrary to the broadcast code.
It also accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to allegedly make derogatory and misleading statements about the Nigerian Army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.