The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned against the airing of offensive songs and has also denied banning tracks waxed by Olamide, Davido and 9ice.
According to the director of broadcast monitoring, Idachaba Armstrong, the ban notice of ‘Wo’ and ‘Wavy Level’ by Olamide, ‘Fall’ by Davido and ‘Living Things’ by 9ice did not emanate from the NBC.
He noted that by virtue of the broadcasting law, radio and television stations are to ensure that as gate keepers, songs containing vulgar or suggestive lyrics and visuals are not aired at all.
Armstrong said; “First of all, NBC is a commission, not a corporation. Nobody at NBC issued a statement to the effect. We can’t be issuing a statement on every album released in this country. The broadcaster has the responsibility to do the needful.
“NBC does not ban songs; we don’t have any business with the artistes. It is left for NBC to tell stations to ensure the songs and videos are fit for broadcast before putting them on air.”
Broadcast stations according to Armstrong are aware that any lyrics or song containing offensive content cannot be put on the air, warning that any station found wanting will be penalised.
“We will impose the necessary sanctions on the stations. If the stations contravene any of the broadcast code, they will be fined,” he said.
Armstrong also added that; “Once NBC picks it up, we call the stations to order and impose the necessary fine. First, we caution you, and then impose a fine afterwards, which can be between N50-N100k. But if they are recalcitrant, it can rise to N500k”, he stated.
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