BON TO MEET NBC OVER AIT, RAY POWER CLOSURE

Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja The Central Working Committee of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) will hold a crucial meeting in Abuja on Monday with the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) over the suspension until further notice of the licence of Daar Communications, the operator of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM. The broadcast regulator, NBC, had last week announced the shutdown of the stations following the failure of the tv and radio stations to abide by the broadcast code. The Acting Chairman of BON, Godfrey Ohuabunwa, revealed over…

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AIT/ RAY POWER STILL BREAKING BROADCASTING CODE SAYS NBC

 Wale Odunsi  The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has lamented that barely 24 hours after restoring the radio and television licences of Daar Communications Plc, Africa Independent Television and Raypower 100.5FM have resumed breaching of the broadcasting code. The NBC stated this in a statement on Saturday. The statement reads in part, “The National Broadcasting Commission wishes to take note of the ex parte order granted by the Federal High Court Abuja division on June 7, 2019 to Daar Communications Plc. “The ex parte order was sequel upon a motion ex…

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AIT/ RAYPOWER OWNER DOKPESI TO UNDERTAKE ONE-MAN PROTEST TO NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OVER NBC CRACKDOWN ON THE MEDIA

Davidson Iriekpen DAAR Communications Plc Tuesday disclosed that its founder, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, would Thursday stage a ‘One-man Demonstration’ to the National Assembly to protest against plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to gag the media and suppress free speech. This followed a threat by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to move against Africa Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM over some reports it considered unfavourable. The regulatory body has accused the broadcast stations of airing “offensive, unfair and unprofessional” content in violation of its rules. In…

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ALLEGED 2.5BIL FRAUD: NBC DG ISHAQ MODIBBO GETS MAY 27 TRIAL DATE

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Thursday, adjourned the trial of the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo, until May 27 for continuation of trial. Mr Modibbo is standing trial alongside Lucky Omoluwa, Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Ltd, and Dipo Onifade, the Chief Operating Officer of the company. Messrs Modibbo, Omoluwa and Onifade were dragged to court along with the company by the ICPC on a 12-count charge bordering on fraud in the DSO project of the federal government. They all entered a not guilty plea when…

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NBC BOSS, MODIBBO KAWU CHARGED TO COURT OVER 2.5BIL FRAUD

After series of postponements, the Federal High Court in Abuja formally opened hearing on Thursday in the 12-count criminal charge filed against the Director General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Dr. Ishaq Moddibbo Kawu and two others for their alleged complicity in the misapplication of N2.5billion meant for the digital switch-over (DSO) project of the Federal Government. On Thursday, Kawu, who limps, but had to support himself with a walking stick as he walked into the dock, was arraigned with the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Lucky Omoluwa…

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NBC BOSS’ ARRAIGNMENT SHIFTED TILL MAY 2

The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, fixed May 2, for arraignment of Mallam Moddibo Kawu, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, (ICPC). The court had at the last adjourned date, fixed April 17 for arraignment but the absence of Mr Dipo Onifade, the second defendant in the matter made it impossible for the ICPC to proceed with the arraignment of the others. Kawu, alongside the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Mr Lucky Omoluwa, and Onifade, the Chief Operating…

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I’LL RELEASE MORE SONGS FOR YOU TO BAN: 9CE TO NBC

Singer, 9ice has finally reacted to the ban of his song, ‘Living Things’ by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) last week. In an interview with HipTV, the ‘Gongo Aso’ crooner said: “After the ban, there was another letter that the song was not banned. But I am thanking the NBC for the ban, because after the ban the song go blow so NBC I am releasing more songs soon that you guys will have to ban” Meanwhile, after the news emerged online that the NBC listed Olamide‘s “Wo” and “Wavy…

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HATE SPEECH: FG DIRECTS NBC TO PUNISH ERRING STATIONS

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) The Federal Government on Thursday directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued the directive in Abuja at the Annual Lecture Series of the NBC and the 25th Anniversary of the Commission. The minister said that the directive was part of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate speech in the country. “As a matter of fact, the challenges facing the NBC have never become more…

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