Why NBC Banned Ekiti Broadcasting Service. Radio regulators, The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered the immediate closure of the Ekiti Broadcast Service for breaching provisions of the Broadcasting Code. Details below.
According to the Commission, the Ekiti Broadcast Service breached the Electoral Act and Broadcasting Code by allowing Governor Ayodele Fayose to announce results in favour of his deputy and candidate of the PDP, Kolapo Olusola, and declare him the winner of the governorship election in the state.
Apart from what it said was the unauthorised declaration of election results by the governor, the Commission also accused Mr Fayose of using the broadcast service to make malicious and unsubstantiated comments against the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services.
Ahead of the governorship elections in the state, the NBC had called on broadcasters in the country to adhere to the ethics of election coverage.
The commission had also used its social media platforms to remind broadcasters of the shun bias and to ensure that in using a political material for news, they avoid “taking inflammatory and divisive matter in its provocative form”.
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The Commission noted that Ekiti Broadcast Service is to remain shut until further notice, this online medium can report.