John Olatchy Momoh is the Chairman of Channels Media Group (CMG), owners of Nigeria’s leading 24-hour news television station, and a twelve-time winner of the prestigious national media prize of Best Television Station of the Year. John is also the Chairman of the Nigeria’s Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), President of the University of Lagos Alumni Association worldwide and President of the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria (CAAN).

John Momoh began his illustrious broadcasting career at the state owned Ogun Radio Abeokuta and then the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), before moving to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). He founded the highly rated Channels Television in 1995 after excelling as a News Anchor, Senior Reporter and Senior Producer for Nigeria’s National Radio and Television stations.

A Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), John Momoh studied Mass Communication at the prestigious University of Lagos, from where he also obtained a Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy. He attended the Thomson Foundation in Cardiff in 1990 as a Chevening Scholar. The foundation is the world’s oldest international media development organisation and has a long history of promoting professional excellence in media worldwide. His experience on the course, among other things, helped him to grow and cultivate a strong worth ethic, while upholding the highest ideals in balanced reporting and adequately informing the viewing public. Channels TV, as a Commercial Television Station in Lagos, is presently therefore reputed for its integrity and for its objective reporting in Nigeria and across Africa. A winner of the Lagos Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award, John is also an alumnus of the Lagos and Harvard Business Schools.

In 23 years, he has gone from being a star employee to creating a multi-million dollar media enterprise, employing over 400 staff, across Nigeria, Africa, Europe and the United States, and reaching the World, with the same business model that analysts predicted would fail. His vision, passion and tenacity are balanced by a willingness to re-invent and pivot where necessary.

John’s commitment to excellence has seen him and his Companies winning awards and recognitions over several decades. These include

  • Nigerian Union of Journalists Award for “Newscaster of the Year.”
  • Nigerian Union of Journalists Award for “Newscaster of the Year.”
  • Constituency for Africa Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (USA).
  • Planet Africa Award for Professionalism and Entrepreneurship, Canada.
  • ‘African Achievers’ Award For Professionalism.

John Momoh is a fellow of the many other institutions including:

  • The Nigerian Leadership Initiative.
  • The “Chevening Scholars” Initiative.
  • Nigerian Institute of Information Management, and
  • The Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.

John Momoh is the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON. He is also the President of Unilag Alumni Association Worldwide and President of the Chevening Alumni Association.

In December 2005, John was conferred with the National Honour of “Officer of the Order of the Niger” (OON) by the Nigerian Government. Other awards and honours conferred on him include;

  • Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nigerian Information Society.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year by Fate Foundation
  • Entrepreneur of the Year by Institute of Directors, Nigeria.
  • The ZIK Award for Entrepreneurship.

A member of the New York based International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, John also serves as a JUROR for the annual International Emmy Awards and The Association for International Broadcasting.

His television station Channels TV, is the only Nigerian and indeed African Broadcaster to have won the “Television Station of the Year” Award, a record Twelve times, seven of them consecutively.

John Momoh is a Red Cross Ambassador. He sits on the board of many non-governmental organisations including –

  • University of Lagos Advancement Board
  • PeaceTech Lab (of the US institute of Peace)
  • Public Media Alliance (formerly Commonwealth Broadcasting Association)
  • Constituency for Africa Washington DC
  • Special Olympics Nigeria
  • Sickle Cell Foundation, Tristate Heart Foundation, & Centre for Integrated Health & Development.

He is happily married to Sola, also a broadcaster, and they are blessed with three children.