The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Tuesday said Channels Television has apologised for breaching the country’s broadcasting code.
NBC’s Director of Public Affairs, Franca Aiyetan, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ms Aiyetan said the commission’s letter to the TV station was a ‘regulatory instrument’ to check the excesses of the station called ‘the bridge letter’ and was not to suspend it.
She said that the intent of the letter ”was neither to close down nor sanction the station, rather it was meant to draw the station’s attention to its breach of the broadcasting code,” adding that “the station has accordingly apologised’’.
According to her, the letter is asking Channels TV to explain why it gave credence to an organisation that was already proscribed by the Federal Government.
“It was actually not for public consumption, it was not a press release. It was a regulatory instrument to check the excesses of the station.
It is a station that won an award but we say in this particular situation, you did not handle it professionally.
It is possible to bridge the public peace and that was what the letter conveyed to Channels TV, to which the TV station has responded, saying we apologise, we did wrong.”
When the media started asking me about Channels TV, I had to go and find out what letter we had issued out because if it is a press release or something that is for public consumption it will come to the Public Affairs Department of NBC.