NBC Queries Channels TV Over Interview Session With Gov. Samuel Ortom

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has issued a ‘Notice of Infraction’ to Channels TV, over an interview session granted Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on its popular show, ‘Sunrise Daily’, during which, the Commission considered comments made by the Benue State Governor, in the course of the discussion as, ‘inciting’, ‘divisive’, and ‘unfair’ which was not ‘thoroughly interrogated’.


In the letter dated 24th August, 2021, and signed by the Director General of the Commission, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, it is clearly stated that,

“The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), monitored the broadcast of your programme Sunrise Daily between 7am and 9am on Tuesday August 24, 2021.


“The programme which has as guest the Executive Governor of Benue state, Governor Samuel Ortom, was observed to contain inciting, divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors. These negate the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code …


Six (6) items out of the Nigeria Broadcasting Codes, infringed upon by the TV station were spelt out.


NBC therefore, asked Channels TV to, within 24 hours of receiving the ‘Notice of Infraction’ as the letter is headlined, to explain why it should not be sanctioned.


“Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the commission within 24 hours of receipt of this letter.”


Gov. Samuel Ortom, while appearing as a guest on the TV talk show, ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Tuesday, alleged that, President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing enough about the state of security in the country. He also condemned the President’s decision to review grazing reserves across the country, saying it is unconstitutional.


In Governor Ortom’s words,

“I’m disappointed with the Presidency. One would expect that we’re in a democratic governance and the Presidency would have understood this.”


Talking about the grazing reserves reviews put forward by President Buhari and how it affects the country, Ortom said,


“I think Mr. President was misquoted or he did it out of error. He should come out to apologize to Nigerians. There is no basis whatsoever for this to be going on when we have the constitution.”

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