FG To Licence Online Radio, TV Stations – Lai Mohammed

A file photo of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide-ranging reforms in the broadcasting industry, including the licencing of online radio and television stations.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Friday when he received members of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit in Abuja.

Responding to a request made by BON for the review of the Broadcasting Code, he said, “I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr President has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.”

“In particular, the President has approved that WebTVs and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry.

“Mr President has also approved a wide range of reforms in the industry which, at the appropriate platform, I will let you know,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.

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The minister promised to carry along members of BON in the review of the Broadcasting Code, added that the Buhari administration was committed to free media.

He stated, “I have said it on many platforms that this administration is not about to gag the press. No! But we will appeal to the press to please self-regulate for the sake of this country and also for the sake of the industry itself.”

Mr Mohammed also appealed to BON to partner with the government in the promotion of peaceful co-existence and cohesion in order to engender progress and national development.

He said, “Today if anybody listens to what is being said on some radio or television stations, you will think that this country is at war or that Christians actually cannot live with Muslims, or that there is a dichotomy between the North and the South.

“I think we need to appeal to you to use your platforms for the unity and cohesion of the country.”

In his remarks, the acting Chairman of BON, Godfrey Ohuabunwa, commended the minister on his re-appointment by the President.

He also pledged the readiness of the broadcasting body to key into the government’s agenda, especially the fight against fake news.

Channels Television Bags CIPM Award

Channels Television has been given a special recognition by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) with an award in the talent retention category.

The Assistant General Manager of Operations, Kingsley Uranta who received the award alongside the Head of Human Resources, Lolade Momodu, thanked CIPM and promised that the organisation will work harder in human resource management as well professional journalism.

The award comes barely 48 hours after the station received the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) for Best Television Station of the Year for a record 12th time.

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Starting with its first win in 2000, Channels Television, which has an audience of more than 20 million people, has received recognition domestically and globally for its programming, dominating the NMMA.

Also, at the award ceremony, Channels TV Presenter, Gimba Umar, beat TVC News’ Ughochi Oluigbo to win the Television Newscaster of the Year Award.

TVC’s Lijadu Ajoke Fumilola was named Television Reporter Of The Year for her report on child labour, while her colleague, Viviene Irikefe, the runner-up with her report on malnutrition in children.

Mary Abayomi Fatile of Radio Nigeria emerged Radio Reporter of the Year with Abiola Aberuagba of Ray Power 100.5fm emerging as the Radio Presenter of the Year.

Still, in the radio category, Ray Power FM claimed the NBC Prize for Radio Station of the Year.

In the print category, Gbenga Omotosho of The Nation beat Martin Ayankola of The PUNCH and Eze Anaba of Vanguard to win the Dele Giwa Prize For Editor Of The Year.

The PUNCH, however, beat The Nation and Vanguard to win the Babatunde Jose Prize For Newspaper Of The Year.

Established as a trust in 1990, the NMMA promotes excellence in the Nigerian media. The award scheme is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of Nigerians who have made their mark in the media industry.

Awards were handed out in more than 30 categories, mostly in the print category.

Elder statesman and Chairman of the NMMA Board of Trustees, Vincent Maduka, challenged media professionals at the ceremony to continue to play their crucial roles effectively.

“The Nigerian media has a great role to play in the emergence of a new nation where corruption and other well-known vices affecting our nation are truly and effectively tackled and resolved in good time for the benefits of our people once again,” he said.