The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) imposed fines on a total of 78 television stations during October and November last year.
NBC’s director general Mallam Modibbo Kawu has announced that 78 stations were sanctioned for various reasons and will each be fined between N100,000 and N200,000.
According to Kawu, the stations were found to have practiced unethical broadcasting, breached broadcast rules by airing music with vulgar lyrics, aired prohibited music, advertised alcohol at the wrong times, were involved in premature political campaigning or carried hate speech.
NBC recently warned broadcasters to avoid hate speech and political campaigning or they would face the full force of the law.
“We are disturbed by the pattern of insensitive and inflammatory broadcasts emanating from some broadcast stations, especially in their coverage of national crises, like the Herdsmen/Farmer crises,” Kawu said.
“We have observed that some stations deliberately and repeatedly air very inciting contents long after the events break. We have warned stations that they must follow the tenets of the broadcasting code.
“Having warned broadcasters, we shall follow up with appropriate sanctions should any station continue to violate the code.”
The states where TV stations are affected include Uyo (12), Maiduguri (3), Lagos (3), Kaduna (14), Ibadan (11), Enugu (20), Abuja (10), Benin (3) and Jos (1).
Kawu disclosed that NBC will begin a phased switch-off of analogue signals in Plateau state and Abuja by the end of the first quarter of this year.
This will happen after the transition to digital TV takes place in more states. So far, it has occurred in five states: Jos, Abuja, Kwara, Kaduna and Enugu.