NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMMISSION
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Thursday said it would commence punishment for any broadcast station that violates any of its code.
The NBC warned that all broadcast stations should be guided by the ethics and code of the profession.
Citing the provisions of the Broadcasting Code: Section 3.1.: Professional Rules: 3.1.1: which states that “No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity.
Also code: 3.1.19: which states that broadcast shall not transmit content that denigrates the social norms, values and culture of the society.
The report says the Zonal director of the NBC Lagos office, Chibuike Ogwumike warned against messages that ‘insult’ Nigerian leaders.
He said Monitoring activities indicate that in the recent time, some broadcast stations have abdicated their editorial responsibilities such that guests and callers on programmes abuse and insult leaders and those in authority freely and without caution.
Mr Ogwumike added that to denigrate elders and leaders in abusive terms is not our culture.
He said it is expected that Broadcasters, especially anchors show professionalism in the handling of programmes such that guest or callers that exhibit such tendency are professionally handled.