Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Broadcasting, Not Create Unemployment – Momoh


The beehive of activities for the sixth edition of Social Media Week Lagos kicked off on Monday, February 26 with various interactive sessions, speeches, workshops, master classes, presentations and networking.

One of the interactive sessions was a conversation with the Chairman and CEO of Channels Media group, John Momoh (OON), where social media enthusiast had the opportunity to ask questions bordering on use of social media in Nigeria media.

The veteran broadcaster and media entrepreneur during the session which was titled Future of Media: A Conversation with John Momoh went down memorable lane digging out lessons learnt on his career journey.

Explaining how he started out as a presenter in 1977, he revealed how he worked as a radio presenter for five years, to later work in Television Station. As a young broadcaster, John Momoh was not only hard working; he was restless and curious making him garner a wealth of experience in different departments.

“After five years, I crossed to Television. I joined National Television Authority of Africa (NTA). I was reporting, directing, editing and even worked in engineering,” he said.

The interactive session with the media mogul was not only about learning from his life experience. Mr Momoh also seized the opportunity to talk to the attendants on digital disruption and leveraging on artificial intelligence.

“The biggest disruption to media landscape is that now, you have to go after the consumers. To ensure they get what they want. We have to cast our contents on all mobile devices. Because the world is changing, you cannot do things same way,” he said.

On how to avoid the spread of fake news, Mr Momoh said the responsibility is on the great number of people who mean well for Nigeria media space, adding that consumers should lookout for trustworthy media outlet.

“Fake news is not news. The onus is on the great number of people who mean well. Lookout for brands you can trust. Networks built on trust.”

Artificial intelligence according to Mr Momoh needs to be maximised to  improve broadcasting and journalism and not necessarily render people jobless. He said there is the need to breed young and creative Nigerian broadcasters coupled with the use of artificial intelligence to increase quality.

“Artificial intelligence is to improve our work and not to add to the problem of unemployment,” he said.

SMW Lagos is scheduled to hold from February 26 till March 2, 2018. It focuses on ideas, trends, insights, business practices and policy that leverage technology and digital tools to transform industries and communities across Africa.


AfricaCom 2017: John Momoh Challenges Broadcasters To Explore Global Trends

John Momoh

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, has challenged mainstream broadcasters to become more inclusive, embrace new technology, and build talent networks.

He made the call on Tuesday at the 2017 AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where players in Africa’s media and technology industry met to discuss the continent’s tech realities as well as the challenges and opportunities they present.

“The local has become global and global, local. The responsibility of the broadcaster has increased immensely, meaning that we must now be very progressive and proactive in meeting the challenges of this responsibilities,” Mr Momoh, who was the Keynote Speaker at the event, said.

He spoke on the topic ‘New Thinking, Respect And Vision For Professional Broadcasting’, stressing that service and not content is now king.

Mr Momoh is also hopeful that broadcasters and other industry players at the conference will seize the opportunity it provides to “explore new ways of doing business and create opportunities for effective professional collaborations”.

“It has become such a small world and we can seize the opportunity of what technology presents to us and use it as a leverage for all broadcasters,” he added.

The Editor-In-Chief of Stuff Magazine, Mr Toby Shapshak, on his part, highlighted Africa’s increasing influence and potential.

“Africa, as you know, is the fastest growing region in the world, second only in size to Asia, and there are still challenges and massive opportunities,” he said.

Also, at the event, a panel of broadcasting experts looked at the role and challenges of public broadcasting in an evolving African digital landscape.

“Public service broadcasting has been behaving like subsistence farmers where you produce for your own consumption,” a former Chief Executive Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Mr Phil Molefe, said.

According to him, the challenge facing broadcasting doubles as an opportunity.

“The opportunity is (that) we must create top quality, compelling content that can travel, that can be distributed, (and) that can be exported,” Mr Molefe said.

As part of efforts to encourage professional collaboration, Mr Joel Churcher of BBC Worldwide told participants at the conference that his organisation has found ways to protect programmers.

“Essentially, if you are a young production company and you come to a public broadcaster with an idea, you keep that idea if it is broadcast under the pact agreement,” he said.

The AfricaCom Conference is one of Africa’s largest telecoms, media and technology gatherings. It is said to be the place to shape Africa’s digital future.

BON Holds 67th General Assembly In Owerri

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria BON have converged on Owerri, the Imo State capital for the 67th General Assembly and 16th Annual General Meeting of the organization.

At the meeting which is holding at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre in Owerri, the Chairman of the BON and Chairman Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh said he is confident that the set agenda for his administration is making tremendous and significant progress over the last seven months.

He, however, stressed that there’s need to appeal to the Federal Government to show more interest in helping the media industry develop business and financing models that are sufficient in harnessing the massive value chain economy of the BON.

Fela, Tuface, Others To Be Inducted Into Broadcasting And Performing Art Hall of Fame

Members of the organising committee of the Hall of Fame for Broadcasting and Performing Arts (HFBPA) on Saturday listed the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Innocent Idibia popularly called Tuface among those to be inducted into the hall of fame this month.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s weekend programme, the deputy chairman of the organising committee, Patrick Doyle said the purpose of the Hall of Fame was to recognise the work of distinguished broadcasters and performing artists.

“Annual awards where this year you win it; next year somebody else wins it, it not a true testament to the contribution of some people to either the performing art or broadcasting,” Mr Doyle said.

He added that “The idea of instituting a Hall of Fame for broadcasters and performing artists appealed to me because it is a more permanent way of recognising and celebrating their contributions to these two very important aspects of human existence.”