The National Broadcasting
Commission (NBC) has said that the fine
imposed on Jay FM, Jos, was due to its
continuous airing of vulgar and indecent
music lyrics, in spite of verbal and
written warnings to the station.
Modibbo Kawu, DG NBC
The Head, Public Affairs of NBC, Mrs
Maimuna Jimada, gave the explanation
in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Jimada quoted the Director-General of
the commission, Malam Is’haq Kawu as
saying that the commission had been
very proactive and responsive in its
efforts at regulating the broadcast
industry, especially as regards ensuring
the citizens’ right to quality
broadcasting.
“The attention of the NBC has been
drawn to comments and observations in
the media space regarding the fine
imposed on Jay FM Jos for continuous
airing of vulgar and indecent music
lyrics in spite of verbal and written
warnings to the station.
“The Act establishing the NBC
empowered the commission, to among
other mandates in Section 2.1(h), to
“establish and disseminate a National
Broadcasting Code and set standards
with regard to the content and quality of
materials for broadcast.
“This, the commission has done and
because of the revolutionary nature of
broadcasting, the Nigeria Broadcasting
Code is reviewed every four years in a
stakeholders’ participatory process.
“Information about the review of the
code is disseminated widely and
participation is open to all relevant and
interested members of the public.
“Consequently, the code is a document
which has the input of a wide variety of
stakeholders.
“ In addition, the code is available on
the NBC website and media pages and at
our various offices located across the
country,’’ he explained.
According to him, by Industry standards,
broadcast stations are mandated by law,
to adhere strictly to the dictates of the
code and where they falter, the
commission initiates the sanction
process.
The director-general explained that all
actions of the commission were strictly
informed by and carried out according
to the dictates of the law and the Nigeria
Broadcasting Code.
Kawu, therefore, enjoined all artistes to
produce broadcast versions of their
works to enable broadcast stations to use
them without contravening the
provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting
Code.
“In addition, the Nigerian artiste has a
responsibility to the country. Today,
popular songs of leading Nigerian
musicians garner millions of views on
YouTube.
“This indicates the level of influence they
exert upon the young people who make
up the majority of our country’s
population. We believe our artistes
should offer a positive influence on this
young population.
“Broadcasting is a creative medium
characterised by professionalism, choice
and innovation to serve the interest of
the general public.
“And it is expected to influence society
positively by setting the agenda for the
social, cultural, economic, political and
technological development of the nation
for the public good.’’
He assured Nigerians that the
commission would continue to execute
its responsibilities without fear or favour
and would apply the relevant sanctions
on erring stations whenever they violate
the code. (NAN)Abuja – The National
Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said
that the fine imposed on Jay FM, Jos, was
due to its continuous airing of vulgar
and indecent music lyrics, in spite of
verbal and written warnings to the
station. Modibbo Kawu, DG NBC The
Head, Public Affairs of NBC, Mrs
Maimuna Jimada, gave the explanation
in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Jimada quoted the Director-General of
the commission, Malam Is’haq Kawu as
saying that the commission had been
very proactive and responsive in its
efforts at regulating the broadcast
industry, especially as regards ensuring
the citizens’ right to quality
broadcasting. “The attention of the NBC
has been drawn to comments and
observations in the media space
regarding the fine imposed on Jay FM
Jos for continuous airing of vulgar and
indecent music lyrics in spite of verbal
and written warnings to the station.
“The Act establishing the NBC
empowered the commission, to among
other mandates in Section 2.1(h), to
“establish and disseminate a National
Broadcasting Code and set standards
with regard to the content and quality of
materials for broadcast. “This, the
commission has done and because of the
revolutionary nature of broadcasting,
the Nigeria Broadcasting Code is
reviewed every four years in a
stakeholders’ participatory process.
“Information about the review of the
code is disseminated widely and
participation is open to all relevant and
interested members of the public.
“Consequently, the code is a document
which has the input of a wide variety of
stakeholders. “ In addition, the code is
available on the NBC website and media
pages and at our various offices located
across the country,’’ he explained.
According to him, by Industry standards,
broadcast stations are mandated by law,
to adhere strictly to the dictates of the
code and where they falter, the
commission initiates the sanction
process. The director-general explained
that all actions of the commission were
strictly informed by and carried out
according to the dictates of the law and
the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Kawu,
therefore, enjoined all artistes to produce
broadcast versions of their works to
enable broadcast stations to use them
without contravening the provisions of
the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. “In
addition, the Nigerian artiste has a
responsibility to the country. Today,
popular songs of leading Nigerian
musicians garner millions of views on
YouTube. “This indicates the level of
influence they exert upon the young
people who make up the majority of our
country’s population. We believe our
artistes should offer a positive influence
on this young population. “Broadcasting
is a creative medium characterised by
professionalism, choice and innovation
to serve the interest of the general
public. “And it is expected to influence
society positively by setting the agenda
for the social, cultural, economic,
political and technological development
of the nation for the public good.’’ He
assured Nigerians that the commission
would continue t

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