The National Broadcasting Commission has sanctioned Multichoice Nigeria and Trust TV with Five Million Naira (N5,000,000.00) each over the airing of banditry documentary.
The sanction was imposed on Wednesday by NBC after it said that they promoted the activities of bandits and undermined national security in Nigeria.
The fine also extended to NTA-Startimes Limited and TelcCom Satellite Limited (TSTV).
Trust TV in particular was fined for broadcasting the documentary titled “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story”, which it aired on March 5, 2022.
In reaction, Trust TV gave a statement acknowledging a letter from NBC for violating National Broadcasting Code.
“The NBC, in a letter to our company dated August 3, 2022, which was signed by its Director General, Balarabe Shehu Illela, said the fine was imposed on Trust TV because its broadcast of the said documentary contravened sections of the National Broadcasting Code.
“While we are currently studying the Commission’s action and weighing our options, we wish to state unequivocally that as a television station, we believe we were acting in the public interest by shedding light on the thorny issue of banditry and how it is affecting millions of citizens of our country,” Trust TV acknowledged.