BBC and Channels TV have launched a current affairs coproduction called Gist Nigeria.
The weekly half-hour programme will air on Channels TV in Nigeria and on partner stations in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It will focus on telling original stories behind the news and their impact on the audience, and will also feature interviews, studio discussions and in-depth reporting on issues that are important to Nigeria and West Africa.
There will also be stories covered by a selection of the BBC’s African services, plus audience interaction via @GistNigeriaTV on Twitter and Channels TV’s new studio in Lagos.
Segments to be featured each week include Social Story, which will analyse social media trends; *360*, which will look at issues in other countries; and Check Me Out, which will look at successful and inspirational Nigerian diaspora.
Kingsley Uranta, Channels TV’s assistant general manager of operations, said: “We look forward to our viewers enjoying the best of television programme production, crafted in the cherished tradition of Channels TV, which is anchored in truth, balance, fairness and integrity.
“Of equal importance is showcasing the giant strides of our people around the world as well as highlighting those issues that demand attention on our journey to a better society.”
Aiming to bring a new perspective to a younger audience, Gist Nigeria is anchored by Wale Fakile and Ajoke Lijadu-Ulohotse.
Nisha Kapur, BBC commissioning editor for Africa, said: “This partnership between the BBC and Nigeria’s leading TV channel goes beyond news coverage. It will tap into conversations going on in the country and track successful Nigerians living abroad.
“As we report and analyse regional and global news stories, Gist Nigeria wants to be free of clichés often associated with the news coverage of Africa. The programme will deliver BBC journalism in a dynamic and engaging style, based on our long-standing principles of independence, accuracy and unbiased reporting.”
Gist Nigeria airs live on Channels TV in Nigeria at 21.00.