M-Net fires BBA producer
Extract from Nigerian newspaper, This Day, over at allafrica.com
Mulitichoice yesterday confirmed that the producer of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) Programme, Martins Ngubane who produced the show on the day the Nigerian representative in the programme Ofunneka Molokwu was harassed by one of the Housemates has been relieved of his duties.
This followed pressure from the House of Representatives that the Nigerian girl was not adequately protected and the viewers treated with obscene pictures during the period.
The Operations Director of MNET Africa, Mr Joseph Hunda who appeared in the House Committee Room 13 with eight other officials of the company including Ofunneka apologised to Nigerians that there were certain editorial guidelines spelt out for the producers of the programme which were not adhered to and we have relieved the producer of the programme of his job and the superior who was supposed to supervise the day has equally been sanctioned accordingly.
Ngubani apologised to Nigerians “that those things were not supposed to come on anyway and we are sorry that it appeared and we will not allow it again”.
He explained to the House of Representatives committee on Information and National Orientation that “we commissioned MNET to come out with something that will project the image of Africa. We agree that there were certain things that were not acceptable to a large part of Nigerians. We had discussions with NBC and agreed that we are going to continuously use parental control on all DSTV channels. Our customers should be able to control their homes.”
Chairman of the Committee Honourable Dino David Melaye who represents Buunu/Kaaba federal constituency of Kogi state told the Multichoice officials that Nigerians were fed with too much pornography during the period the programme lasted. NBC actually invited Multichoice twice but they never honoured the invitation.
“We will not allow our image to be dragged on the floor.Ofunneka projected the image of Nigeria and we are proud of her. We earlier banned clips, preview and full airing of the programme and we want you to apologise to Nigerians over what happened,”
Ofuneka Molokwu , the runner up of the 2007 Big brother Africa show who was at the hearing said she is “proud to be a Nigerian and Delta state origin. I thank Multichoice for giving me the opportunity and the Nigerians that kept me on. I take every stride as they come. And am proud to show that am a true Nigerian and African woman”