The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commended the country’s broadcast stations for upholding professional standards and ethics during their coverage of the just-concluded governorship election in Edo.
Mr Ekanem Antia, the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, of NBC, conveyed the commendation in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Antia noted that the professional conduct of broadcasters, no doubt, contributed in a great way to the free, fair, and peaceful election in the state.
He urged broadcast stations in Ondo State to emulate broadcast stations in Edo by using the NBC Code as a guide in their reportage of the Oct. 10 governorship election in the state.
Antia reminded broadcasters that they had a duty to promote the corporate existence as well as the socio-economic wellbeing of Nigeria.
He also drew the attention of broadcasters, particularly, operators of Pay Television services and Free-To-Air TV services to the deadline given for the stoppage of continuous violations of the provisions of the NBC Code with their repeated broadcast of NOT-TO-BE-BROADCAST (NTTB) musicals.
“NBC had earlier warned against the broadcast of vulgar and obscene musical videos, which have contributed to the increasing trend of rape and other social vices,” he said.
He noted that the commission would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions to violators for any breach, in line with its mandate.
Besides, Antia said that the commission had released the list of broadcast stations, which were sanctioned in the Second Quarter, for various breaches.
“The list indicates stations sanctioned for vulgar lyrics, unverifiable claims and repeated broadcast of NTBBs,” he added.