Campaign Of Calumny Against Channels TV
Our attention has been drawn to an article about Channels Television, written by one Onoshe Nwabuikwu and published by the Punch Newspapers on Sunday, December 2, 2018.
The article is false, misleading, fraudulent, and a figment of the imagination of the writer and her sponsors. Contrary to the allegations made by Onoshe Nwabuikwu, no video was doctored in the interview with the Special Adviser to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, as she alleged. Channels TV has never doctored any video in its 23-year history and does not intend to do so now or in the future.
Our Political Desk had invited Mr Adesina for a live interview on November 23, 2018. As it is customary, the web department posted the video on our online platforms after the programme. In so doing, some part of the videos which were cut in bytes of 10 minutes overlapped during the upload and suffered a glitch. There was no motive on the part of the web department to hide anything as the programme was broadcast live in the first place and the remarks in question had already been tweeted by the Channels web department. Surely, if we had something to hide, we wouldn’t have posted or tweeted the video at all.
When Channels was alerted to the glitch, the web department re-posted the video immediately and this has been up on our website and YouTube channel since Monday, November 26.
We remain focused and will continue to hold government accountable, give opposition a voice, and make the citizens aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Onoshe Nwabuikwu obviously didn’t understand the issues at stake but chose to latch onto the spurious and unsubstantiated claims on the social media and proceeded to impugn our integrity in the said article.
We will not hesitate to use all within our means to seek legal redress against anyone who chooses to malign us or bring our media organisation to disrepute.
We thank all our viewers who have expressed their concern over the article and assure you that we will remain committed to our constitutional role as the fourth estate of the realm.