An Akure-based private radio station, ADABA FM and the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation have promised the National Broadcasting Commission that they will stop offensive broadcast ahead of the October 20 governorship election in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
NBC Director-General, Yomi Bolarinwa, told reporters after the corporation’s meeting with the representatives of both media outfits in Abuja on Wednesday that ADABA FM and Radiovision had promised to exhibit professionalism in their operations.
Bolarinwa said, “The NBC held a meeting with the chief executives of the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation, Akure and the radio arm of Continental Broadcast Services, ADABA FM, Akure.
“The meeting was on the continuous violation of provisions of the Electoral Act and the Nigerian Broadcasting Code.
“We have secured their assurances that the offensive broadcast will stop; the airwaves will be sanitised.
“We have also got their assurances that the language of broadcast will be decent, reasonable and palatable in the interest of the people of the state.”
He said the commission would closely monitor development in the state and would not hesitate to sanction any station found wanting.
Speaking on behalf of the stations, the Director-General of OSRC, Ladi Akeredolu-Ale, said the meeting was to correct observable defects in their programming.
He said the two stations would adhere to provisions of the Electoral Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
The NBC on Tuesday condemned the unprofessional conduct of the stations in the ongoing political campaigns in the state, threatening to suspend their licences.
While the body accused Radiovision of giving more airtime to the Labour Party’s candidate, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, ADABA FM was said to have broadcast a programme that could incite the people.