TVC, Not Bourdillon, Suspended Sanzye- Afolabi-Brown
The host of breakfast programme , Your View, Morayo Afolabi – Brown , has denied an allegation by her former colleague , Sandra Eze aka Sanzye , that Bourdillon ordered her indefinite suspension from the show .
Afolabi – Brown said in a video on Instagram that the decision to suspend Eze was taken by the management of Television Continental and not Bourdillon .
Bourdillon , Ikoyi, Lagos , is where the home of All Progressives Congress chieftain , Bola Tinubu , is located . Tinubu is rumoured to own TVC .
Sanzye , who was a co – host of Your View, one of the most – watched breakfast programmes in the country, had taken to Instagram on Friday to narrate how she was suspended by the company for walking out during a live television programme.
She took issue with the manner in which the TV station had handled the threat directed at Igbo people by the Oba of Lagos , Rilwanu Akiolu, who had threatened to drown all Igbo persons in the lagoon if they refused to vote for his preferred candidate in the 2015 governorship election in the state , Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC.
Sanzye said she was told that ‘ Bourdillon’ ordered her suspension indefinitely until she was forced to leave the station and struggled financially until she took up a career in acting .
Addressing the issue in a 10 – minute video clip , Afolabi – Brown said when Sanzye walked off the set during the live programme, they never thought anything of it but the TVC management thought otherwise .
She admitted that in the early days of the show , people used to threaten to report them to ‘ Bourdillon’
Afolabi – Brown said , “ The elephant in the room , who owns TVC , is not for me to say . Everyone knows who owns TVC and the truth is that people always use that to put us under undue pressure sometimes . They say, ‘ Oh, I am going to report you to …’ , ‘ I am going to tell them you did this , you said that on television ’ . We get that a lot .
“ In the early days, we used to get scared when we were fresh in the business . But the truth is that we are seven years in the game . Nobody can scare us anymore. But in the early days they used to use it to scare us that ‘ Oh , they’ ve just got a call . What did you say on TV , who did you criticise, we used to get that a lot . That was then .
“ But it wasn ’ t factual that someone from somewhere asked that Sandra be let go . It was purely a company decision because of the unprofessional way of walking off a live set . ”
Afolabi – Brown said it was true that she used to take breaks off the set when she was pregnant but it was during commercial breaks and not on live TV .
The broadcaster said the decision to suspend Sanzye from the programme had nothing to do with her tribe .
Afolabi – Brown said she did not plead with the management to spare Sanzye because she was a deputy director at the time .
“ What people expected me to do was to go and find the owner of the station and say please help me . Maybe today , because I am no longer a TVC employee and I am now a contract employee , if I have the opportunity of seeing the owner , I could plead. But then , I was a deputy director with TVC . It would have been unethical to leave my position in the company and start looking for the owner to beg , ” she said .