NBC Slams OSBC Again

OSUN State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) is no longer at ease as its partisan information dissemination has run it into trouble lately before the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). It was gathered that the State-owned broadcasting outfit may be heavily sanctioned, if it remains adamant in its style of denying members of the opposition fair hearing in…”
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August 22, 2008 11:46 am

OSUN State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) is no longer at ease as its partisan information dissemination has run it into trouble lately before the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

It was gathered that the State-owned broadcasting outfit may be heavily sanctioned, if it remains adamant in its style of denying members of the opposition fair hearing in its political news reporting.

OSUN DEFENDER further learnt that the controversial radio and television station had earlier been slammed with various fines of N200,000, N250,000 and N70,000 respectively lately for not conforming with the laid down ethical standard.

Our source inside the government-controlled station revealed that NBC had in recent past slammed N200,000 against OSBC, when the regulating body investigated a petition alleging bias and favoritism in its news reporting and found the station guilty.

According to our source, the management of the station was specifically warned against. Partisan stand on any sensitive issue, reiterating that the commission would not hesitate to close down any erring station.

Besides, findings revealed that another N250,000 was recently slammed on the station with a strongly worded letter to the management to ensuring professionalism, instead of being used as a political weapon.
Information has it that the station authority could not fault a detailed petition before the commission on its political broadcast, arguing that the payer of the piper is hell bent in calling the tune.

OSUN DEFENDER has it on good authority that another N70,000 fine from NBC to OSBC lapsed on Wednesday, for another bias and unethical standard.

Speaking on the development, a Chieftain of Action Congress (AC) Otunba Jumoke Ogunkeyede who had earlier petitioned NBC on the bias political coverage of OSBC, said that the station could not change, saying that they (staff and management) have tied their apron to the strong of the politicians on the corridor of power.

“Leopard cannot change its spot, the management of OSBC are politicians, not men of pen profession. They will continue to be bias in their responsibilities, no doubt about that, because they have tied their apron to the string of the oppressors in power.

By GOKE BUTIKA

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