Sustainable Development Goals: Channels TV, UNDP Sign MoU

 

A team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials on Monday visited the Channels Television Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

Led by the UNDP resident representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Yahya, the group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Channels Television as part of efforts towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNDP officials were received by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Channels Media Group, John Momoh, as well as some management staff of the Channels Television.

Yahya during the signing applauded the strides made by Channels Television, saying the partnership will go a long way in helping to achieve the set objectives.

“Once I arrived here, one of the things I said was how do we work closely with Channels to discuss some of the country’s challenges.

“You have a fantastic platform, a respectable platform and it is something that we thought is the right place for such partnership,” he said.

On his part, Mr Momoh said the new agreement strengthens the existing relationship with the United Nations.

“We are very delighted with the relationship we have working with the UN trying to see that the SDGs are also brought to the fore in what we do in Channels.

“This is a further cementing of the relationship that we have with you and I am really delighted to receive you, here in Channels today,” Mr. Momoh said.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.

 Euro-Knowledge Awards: Momoh, Barkindo, Others To Be Honoured In London

OPEC Secretary-General, Mr. Mohammad Barkindo (L); Chairman, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh (C); and founder of Aiteo, Mr Benedict Peters (R) will be honoured on April 29, 2019, at the House of Lords in London.

 

The Chairman, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh will be honoured by Euro-Knowledge forum at the House of Lords in London on April 29 2019.

Other prominent Nigerians to be honoured at the ceremony are OPEC Secretary-General, Mr. Mohammad Barkindo, founder of Aiteo, Mr Benedict Peters, former Minister of Trade and Investment, Mrs Onikepo Akande; the Chairman of Africa Prudential Plc, Mrs Eniola Fadayomi, and Brand Strategist and Public Speaker, Mr Afolabi Andu.

The event, which is organised by Euro-Knowledge, an international consultancy and advisor to many leading businesses, as well as governments around the world, will be graced by captains of industries, policymakers, and business magnates among others.

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Euro-Knowledge explained in a statement that the awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate exemplary leaders who have made significant contributions in their specific fields and emerged as role models, tech giants, innovators, community and inspirational leaders.

“The Ceremony will begin with a tour of the House of Lords, then a Forum on Trade, Investment and governance, to be followed by a networking reception that will usher the participants to dinner with entertainment during the presentation of the awards.”

IPI World Congress: Experts Discuss Challenges, Milestones In Journalism

Chairman Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimaun, others at the IPI conference on Friday

 

Editors, media executives and leading journalists on Friday, gathered for the 2018 edition of the International Press Institute (IPI) conference.

One of the key discussions of this year’s gathering was the challenges and upsides that mainstream journalism has witnessed in the past couple of years.

CEO and Chairman of the Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, who spoke on the future of journalism, admitted that there has been a major disruption in the media industry, a situation he says the internet is responsible for.

“To say that these are extraordinary times for the news industry, will be an understatement. These are incredibly phenomenal, and prodigiously extraordinary – times.

“You don’t have to be a news junkie to notice that your daily news has undergone a transformation. There’s a complete disturbance, a complete disordering, a disarrangement, and indeed, a disarranging of the way we do our business.

“We now have new markets with new set of values that now threaten existing markets. You call it a Disruption. I choose to call it, an Upheaval; an upheaval caused as you well know by the internet, which has now turned journalism upside down – making it more participatory, social, diverse and partisan,” he said.

Speaking further, he, however, noted that there have been some positive effects of the disruption on how journalism is done across the world.

He said while there is now a huge rise in availability of information and audience feedback, it has also given room for more stories to be shared and archived as fast as possible.

With the regular ‘man-on-the-street’ having the power to share information via social networks and microblogging platforms, Mr Momoh says content is now more readily available.

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“We now live in a world where Journalism is being transformed, in the ways that news is produced, distributed, and used. New tools, and new practices, are affecting the ways we produce information.

“New facts are being unearthed on a daily basis; we now have more audience feedback being integrated into our news production; more voices being heard; and more diverse perspectives are being presented on the same news stories.

“Invariably, more stories are now available and archived, and searchable for longer periods of time. More people are now engaged more actively with the goings-on in the world—by taking photos, making videos, commenting on blogs and sharing the stories that matter to them.

“Television newscasts now include amateur videos, covering events like the Arab spring or the African migrant crisis. Such videos, with their shaky cameras and people’s unguarded reactions, have much greater immediacy than professional footage.

Twitter, the microblogging service, has been integrated into coverage of events, no less the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. At no time in the history of journalism have citizens become more engaged in reporting their own stories; as the man on the street assumes the role of a news reporter,” Mr Momoh said.

Others at the event included the country Director of Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimaun.

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.

 

Fake News Has Put The Media In A Precarious Situation – John Momoh

The Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, has raised concerns about the role of social media and the phenomenon of fake news in the Nigerian media landscape.

Speaking on what the future holds for Nigerian Media, he said creative ideas can be transformed into innovative media products.

Mr Momoh, who is also the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), said this on Friday in Lagos while addressing senior editors at the Nigerian Guild of Editors Retreat held in collaboration with the United States Mission in Nigeria.

“The subject matter at this retreat is so appropriate. What does the future hold for the Nigerian Media? How do we transform creative ideas into innovative media products? How do we leverage International Partnerships for profitability?

“For those of us who’ve been in the broadcast industry for a decade or more, we know what we mean, when we say the industry has digitally disrupted. Today, new markets are being created, with a new set of values that now threaten existing markets,” he said.

Just as the 2019 Elections is approaching, Mr Momoh said the use of social media gives a lot of concern because of the ease of spread of fake news online.

He said: “Social media, blogs and the ‘fake news’ phenomenon have all thrown the media in a precarious position. Those of us who still believe in the civic value of good journalism has been left in a quandary, as politicians are having a field day, taking a cue from the U.S. President Trump and lambasting journalists for false reportage and balance.

“These aren’t the best times for journalists. social media, which many had hoped will be a saviour with its open access and extensive reach, has actually compounded the problem, by rewarding speed and sensation, over accuracy.”

He said both broadcast and print media are faced with the challenge of unprofessional reducing the quality of information disseminated.

“The broadcaster now faces the endemic challenge of unprofessional activities of some content producers, who create content that does not meet the minimum requirement of the objectives of the mass media – educating, informing and entertaining; all in the drive to wrongly influence the society.

“Newspapers are trying to adjust to the times by creating websites of their own, but that also leads to the decline in their print readership since they now put all of their content online for free. A pointer to the fact that newspapers of the future will mainly take digital form.”

Mr Momoh said the future of both the print journalism and broadcast journalism is, however, a world that would be dominated by three hugely disruptive forces – predictive content, virtual reality and the eradication of language barriers.

According to him, technology can be exploited for media excellence.

“A lot of collaborative opportunities abound and we can share knowledge, share experience, expertise, creativity, culture and other resources across geographic and media boundaries,” he said.

“It’s a new world of media, and it is ready for us. And if used properly, it should inspire and influence, not just entertain and inform.”

Other dignitaries at the event include US Consul General, John Bray, INEC Chairman Professor Mahmud Yakubu, Professor Lai Osho, Funke Egbemode, and Mr Jiti Ogunye, among others.

Licence Fees: NBC Extends Deadline For Payment

nbc-bossThe National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has extended the deadline for the payment of outstanding licence fees by broadcast stations by three months.

This was announced on Friday in Abuja by the Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, who stated that the new deadline is now June 30, 2017.

The NBC boss lauded the leadership of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr John Momoh, for spearheading an initiative to synergise broadcast organisations and officials of the NBC, to work out modalities leading to a final solution on the matter.

He added that the Commission would release a statement of account to each station within the month of April, to enable them reconcile their records and remit what is owed before June 30.

The extension followed an initial announcement by the NBC to shut down all indebted broadcast stations after March 31, if the outstanding fees were not paid.

Mr Kawu said more than 54 broadcast licences have been revoked since 2015, adding that the number of revocations would rise as new applicants for broadcast licences replace indebted broadcasters.

“There are those who used political connections with the top-most political leadership in Nigeria in the past to get illegal and undue favours that ran contrary to the NBC Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code,” he said earlier in an interview.

The NBC Director-General noted that “it’s a different period in our country”, saying “nobody will go up to Aso Villa and get some black market deal anymore”.

Entrepreneurs Advised To Focus On Value Creation

enterprenursBudding entrepreneurs have been advised to focus on value creation in their businesses, in order to realise their dreams.

The message was given at the conference for emerging entrepreneurs organised by the Field of Skills and Dreams in collaboration with the US Mission in Nigeria.

At the event, entrepreneurship experiences were shared by the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, the Chief Executive of Sahara Group, Mr Tonye Cole and the Managing Director of Mainone Cable, Funke Opeke.

Sharing his start-up experience of over 22 years ago, Mr Momoh explained how building a network based on trust, became the thrust for the establishment of Channels Television.

The Media Magnate and founder of 11 times Award Winning Television Station advised the entrepreneurs to take profit-making as a bye product of a good business and not the focus.

Other dignitaries at the conference were the Consular General of the US Consulate, Mr John Bray and the Chief Executive of W-FM, Mrs Toun Okewale-Sonaiya.

Osinbajo Inaugurates SDGs Private Sector Advisory Group

Yemi Osinbajo Inaugurates SDGs Private Sector Advisory GroupActing President Yemi Osinbajo says the Nigerian elite has a responsibility to ensure that they do something fundamental to transform the Nigerian society.

Professor Osinbajo was speaking at the inauguration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Private Sector Advisory Group at the Presidential Villa.

According to him, countries that have pulled their people out of poverty succeeded because the elite in such societies decided to do so.

Some of the targets of the 17 SDGs, which have taken over from the millennium development goals include: to overcome poverty, reduce hunger, introduce good health and quality education, as well as good jobs and economic growth.

The event was attended by captains of industry in the Nigeria, including the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh.

The Federal Government believes that those present at the gathering are part of the Nigerian elite that must play a role to achieve the sustainable development goals.

In her address, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope, noted that no country can survive without the private sector.

She challenged the participants to bring their expertise to bear on the achievement of the goals.

The Chairman of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, identified the non-involvement of the private sector as one of the reasons responsible for the non-performance of the millennium development goals.

In their various remarks, Mr Momoh and other sector representatives promised to unleash their experience and arsenals behind the goals.

Digital Switch-Over: BON Chairman Initiates Stakeholders’ Meeting

BON Chairman Meets With Information MinisterAhead of the June 2017 deadline for digital switch-over, the federal government is hoping to facilitate a meeting of players in the broadcast industry to resolve issues affecting digitization in the country.

During a meeting with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed in Abuja, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Mr John Momoh, suggested that the meeting be held to aggregate the challenges affecting digitization and proffer solutions to them.

He told Channels TV that the digital switch-over was on course but there were gray areas that need to be resolved.

He said: “He (Minister) has an ear to the ground and knows what he is doing as regards the digital switch-over and he welcomed the idea of a stakeholders’ meeting which I put forward.

“The stakeholders’ meeting will be such that will get (together) people like the fiber companies, the broadcasters, the platform carriers, signal distributor, content aggregators and producers as well as the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) who should actually be one of the stakeholders since they monitor the kind of setup boxes that would be manufactured in the country.

“We will all come to the table and address the issues confronting the DSO.”

The Minister admitted that the meeting was necessary and should be held regularly until the target date.

He hoped that the meeting would be called soon as it would “not only discuss issues that are strategic and important to the process”.

“We are talking about channels owners, setup box manufacturers, the distributors, the aggregators; everybody.

“We need to meet regularly so that as we move forward, we would ensure nobody is left behind,” the Minister said.

Channels TV, BBOG Seal Relationship Formally

Channels TV, VOA Seal Relationship FormallyChannels Television and the Broadcasting Board of Governors of the United States of America, BBOG Global, have put pen to paper to concretise the professional media relationship already existing between the two organisations.

At the MoU signing at the headquarters of Channels Television in Lagos, the Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh said that the MoU was to launch Channels Television’s northern service.

Mr Momoh added that the station has rolled out its Hausa service beginning from Kano state and would soon follow with the Yoruba, pidgin and Igbo languages.

On his part, the Marketing Director of BBOG Global, Mr Doug Boynton, said that the seal offers a wider opportunity between both organisations to connect more in information and goodwill sharing.

Tristate Heart Foundation Targets 150 Surgeries For Children

PneumoniaTristate Heart foundation (THF) on Wednesday held its first Annual Black Tie Gala and fund raising dinner in support of cardiovascular care in Nigeria.

At the event held in Lagos were top government functionaries and other special guests, with an intention to make cardiovascular care more affordable in Nigeria.

The evening though relaxed and entertaining, highlighted the fact that Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in non-communicable diseases (NCD) globally.

In his opening remarks the Chairman of THF, Mr Bisi Akande, said one in ten children in Nigeria do not make it to their first birthday and five in ten adults have elevated blood pressure challenges.

He told the gathering that the foundation planned to use donations to provide solutions to the cardiovascular healthcare delivery by carrying out 150 open heart surgeries especially for children under 10.

The problems of Non communicable-diseases, as highlighted by the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was the keynote speaker, are of great concern to the government.

He said solutions include a nationwide survey on NCDs geared towards effective planning.

Professor Adewole pointed out that service delivery in partnership with private sector was already in place.

On the backdrop of all the health focused entertainment of the evening, the President and CEO Tristate Heart Cardiovascular Associates, Professor Kamar Adeleke, said the Centre had been helping both the poor and rich to access required Medicare.

He proposed further solutions to the cardiovascular healthcare delivery by carrying out 150 open heart surgeries especially for children under 10, fund cardiovascular researches peculiar to Nigerians and campaign for healthy lifestyle and care to get seven in ten Nigerians to survive a heart attack.

Four state governors, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State led the donations to the foundation.

As part of an exciting evening, the Vice Chairman of the Tristate Heart Foundation, Mr John Momoh, on behalf of the foundation presented awards in recognition of individuals who have impacted the society in various ways.

They include Mrs Clare Omatseye, and Professor Paul Davis and Funmi Roberts.

BON Chairman Advocates Transfer Of Radio, Television Licensing Powers To NBC

John Momoh new BON chairman on Radio and television licencing The Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr John Momoh, is advocating a constitutional amendment that will provide for the removal of radio and television licensing from the functions of local government councils.

Mr Momoh gave the suggestion on Tuesday in his first official address as the chairman of the organisation.

He is also proposing the empowerment of the National Broadcasting Commission to collect the license fees in trust for and on behalf of the public radio and television stations.

Such amendment will mean that public broadcasters will stop collecting adverts from the public, which will then become the exclusive preserve of private broadcasters.

Mr Momoh, who is also the Chairman and CEO of Channels Television, explained that the proposal would ensure that the principles of funding of the dual broadcasting system, which Nigeria practices, was fully embraced, implemented and practiced as it is in other parts of the world.

It was the 66th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria which coincides with the final transition and hand-over of baton of leadership to the newly elected chairman of the organisation and his Vice Chairman, Sa’a Ibrahim.

To set the tone for the Assembly, which focuses on plans for the broadcast sector development, the out-going chairman of the organisation, said innovation, creativity and responsiveness were critical to the broadcasting association.

The role of the media as the developmental template setter, as well as challenges that need to be tackled to reposition the Nigeria broadcast industry, are central to discussions at the assembly.

With the handover of mantle of leadership to Mr Momoh, the 12th chairman of the association and the first independent broadcaster to hold the position, his key areas of concern were stated without equivocation.

Some of the areas the new BON chairman is set to tackle are; the establishment of a united and common front to help eliminate industry debt, resuscitation of the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters, digital switchover, the education and training of members through collaboration with international broadcast organisations and the establishment of a BON festival.

For these projections, he sets the stage with a promise of a new era in the broadcast industry.