Practitioners and professionals have defined the role of the media at the National Conference as that of a public representative and observer with the power to shape public opinion.
Speaking at the 4th convocation lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, in Lagos, the speakers outlined the expected roles of the media as the conference begins.
The event, which held at the school auditorium in Ogba, Lagos, presented the graduating students of the institution with an opportunity to get valuable tips from veterans, as they prepare to render services to the society as professional journalists.
The guest lecturer and Chairman/CEO of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, who was represented by the Head of Legal Department at the station, Mrs Adeola Olumeyo, said that the media would not be objective and may be forced to choose sides if it becomes a participant in the discussions.
He urged media organisations to focus on driving support for issues that affect the Nigerian people as a unit.
The Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Sam Amuka-Pemu, however, was of the view that the cause of last Saturday’s Immigration job test tragedy, which claimed the lives of young job seekers in different stadia across the country should form part of the discussion at the conference.
The National Conference is meant to address all matters on how to resolve the country’s constitutional challenges, except issues bothering on the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a nation.
Channels Television has been declared the Best Television Station in Africa.
This was at the 2014 African Achievers Award, which took place in Accra the capital of Ghana.
Individuals and corporate organisations were recognized for their efforts in impacting positively on the African continent through creative enterprise, business, governance and entrepreneurship.
The event, which held at the presidential banquet hall, State House, Accra, Ghana had several notable personalities from different countries of the continent in attendance, including government officials from Nigeria.
Channels Television has not only taken the lead in Nigeria, but Mr John Momoh and his crew again come under the spotlight for excellence in the broadcast profession.
The Chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, in his acceptance speech, thanked the organisers of the awards for the honour; he also thanked the management and staff of his organisation for buying into his vision for the station.
He took the opportunity to also reflect on the killings of innocent lives in Nigeria’s northeast during recent attacks on the region by the Boko Haram sect. He asked for a minute silence in honour of the innocent lives lost in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Channels Television in 2013 won for the 8th time, the prestigious Nigeria Media Merit Award, NMMA, for Best TV Station of the Year and it is the first television station in Nigeria to be nominated for the international Emmy Awards in the UNICEF category.
The station has more than six scores of trophies in its cabinet.
Channels Television is taking news reporting to another level as it considers the introduction of speed to the coverage of live events with the use of helicopter.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of O.A.S. Helicopter Services, Mr. Everest Nnaji, visited the Corporate Headquarters of Channels Television to discuss the possible corporate partnership.
The visit was an unusual one that caught the eyes of passersby as the guest arrived in grand style on a chopper and was welcomed by the Chairman of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh in company of the station’s management team.
It was a first of its kind visit to the multiple awards winning news television station, and Mr. Everest sees it as a plus for his air service business. Speaking to Channels television after the meeting, he shared the reasons for his visit.
“I am quite happy with what you people are doing, and I think it was worthwhile to come and feel Channels coming in a helicopter into this premises, I am quite glad to do that.
“We are into helicopter operations, we do VIP charters, we do emergency evacuation with helicopters, we fly helicopters from remote locations to urban centres and from urban centres to remote locations.”
The corporate partnership is expected to change the face of news coverage and reporting in Nigeria.
The Governor of Ogun state, Mr Ibikunle Amosun has promised to collaborate with the management and staff of Channels Television in a partnership with his administration, to showcase the developmental works in Ogun state.
The governor made a brief stop at the station’s headquarters in Isheri North a border town between Lagos and Ogun state while on an inspection tour of projects in Ifo local government area of Ogun state.
He was received by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, and management staff of Channels Television.
Following the week-long report by Channels Television on the dilapidated state of the Police Training College in Lagos, President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday paid a surprise visit to the college.
Dr. Jonathan who arrived in company of the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, expressed shock at the level of dilapidation at the foremost institute.
Apparently responding to pictures of rot in infrastructure broadcast by Channels Television, a visibly angry president queried the authorities of the college on the state of the institution.
He promised to change the tide in the college saying that his government
“Will do something about the institution”, the President vowed.
The chairman of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh was present during the president’s visit.
This is the first time a sitting President would be visiting the Police College built over 70 years ago.
The President’s visit lasted for about an hour, during which he undertook an inspection tour of the school, including the students’ hostel which is in a terrible state.
Throughout the week, Channels Television has broadcast series of reports on the police college.
The police project is the station’s corporate social responsibility for year 2013, and on Tuesday January the 22nd, there would be a forum in Lagos where the private sector will be sensitized on the need to come together to rebuild the college and bring it to international standard.