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Channels TV exec expects bright future

Ladi Akeredolu-Ale at the Nigerian International Film & TV Summit

Ladi Akeredolu-Ale, controller of current affairs at Channels TV, remains optimistic about the Nigerian broadcaster’s future in the age of digital transition, attendees at the Nigerian International Film & TV Summit (NIFS) heard this week.

Akeredolu-Ale spoke about the Nigerian TV industry’s outlook during a session hosted by Ijeoma Onah, founder of NIFS and CEO of Super TV.

Asked how prepared Channels TV is for the digital migration, Akeredolu-Ale said: “The business will be affected but we hope it won’t affect it negatively. We see lots of opportunities here. For example, if you are talking about the TV business, you are talking about income. There are multiple income streams in this convergence, like what we have started doing in the business of podcasting.

“Lots of people want to see things, while others want to hear them. With all the convergence that has occurred in our environment, radio is still the most popular medium of communication across the country.

“The challenge here is how do you attract that kind of audience to this platform? It is still a work in progress and we are looking at it more consciously because it involves significant investment.”

Akeredolu-Ale added that Channels TV wants to create podcasts in indigenious languages that will be beneficial to people. The exec said he sees this as an opportunity because if people can easily get health-related information in a language or format that is easy to access, they will subscribe. “And each time that person comes back on the basis of satisfaction with the previous experience, it’s good for your bottom line and makes you more relevant to their day-to-day life,” he said.

Onah also asked Akeredolu-Ale about the future of monetisation in traditional TV and whether will Channels TV be able to sustain itself amid digital disruption. Akeredolu-Ale responded by saying legacy players are also able to target specific audiences they might not have been able to in the past.

“Channels TV used to think of itself as an ABC station but the vast population is in the DE segment. It has been a challenge to get them to engage and let them know the relevance of engaging. But with this disruption, you have an opportunity to target them specifically. The information is still the same but the mode of communication is different,” he said.

The issue of traditional media ensuring truthful information in the digital age was also raised. “Take a deep breath, look at the information over and over again, identify loopholes, cross check information and finally run checks on what you have gathered,” Akeredolu-Ale advised.

They key topic at this year’s NIFS was the so-called streaming wars, and the implications for the future of content monetisation for film and TV content. The event was held from August 29 to September 1 in Lagos.

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MTN, DStv in Brand Africa’s top 100 list

Thebe Ikalafeng

Telecoms company MTN Group and pay TV operator DStv have won places in marketing body Brand Africa’s list of the top 100 most admired brands on the continent.

The list for 2022, which looked at Nigeria, West Africa and Africa as a whole, was compiled by Johannesburg-based company Brand Africa and was revealed at a ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria.

MTN ranked as the most admired African brand, while MultiChoice-owned DStv was named top media name, followed by the BBC and CNN in that category. Broadcaster Channels TV was the most admired Nigerian media brand.

Overall, taking into account both African and non-African brands, US footwear maker Nike took the top spot once again as most admired brand in Africa, as it did in 2021 and 2020. Overall, only 17 of the top 100 brands originated in Africa, including MTN (10th place), Globacom (32nd) and DStv (37th).

Thebe Ikalafeng, founder of Brand Africa, said: “No one can do Africa better than Africans.” But he acknowledged that Africans often undervalue the continent’s brands, which is why he launched Brand Africa in 2010, to drive collaboration promoting African places, products and people.

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NBC sued for fining TV stations

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and its acting director-general are being sued along with information and culture minister Lai Mohammed over fines the commission imposed on three TV broadcasters last week.

Lai Mohammed

The lawsuit has been initiated by the Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP), along with 261 groups and individuals, over the N9m (US$23,600) fines imposed by the NBC, which is led by acting director-general Armstrong Idachaba.

The fines were imposed on Channels TV, AIT and Arise TV for allegedly using unverifiable video footage from social media to cover the End SARS protests that recently took place in Nigeria.

In the suit, which is before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the SERAP-backed group has urged the court to declare that the fines are arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional and should not be enforced by the NBC.

The group consists of co-plaintiffs including Premium Times Services, the Centre for Journalism Innovation & Development, the HEDA Resource Centre, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy and Media Rights Agenda.

They claim the fines were imposed without fair hearing and are in breach of the broadcasters’ constitutional rights.

“The NBC, being a regulatory body, is not empowered by law to act as the prosecutor and the judge all at the same time,” said a statement from SERAP.

“We humbly urge the court to set aside the unlawful and unconstitutional fines imposed on independent media houses, and to uphold the sanctity of the Nigerian Constitution, Nigerians’ human rights, media freedom and the rule of law.”

The plaintiffs are seeking “an order setting aside the arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional fines of N9m and any other penal sanction unilaterally imposed by the NBC and Mohammed on Channels TV, AIT and Arise TV, and on any other radio/television station simply for carrying out their professional and constitutional duties.”

They also argue that the NBC Act and the Broadcasting Code are oppressive and inconsistent with the constitution and international obligations, which guarantee freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom.

“If the NBC and Mr Lai Mohammed are allowed to continue to use these oppressive provisions against independent media in the guise of performing their statutory duties, the result will be authoritarianism and denial of freedom and liberty,” they stated.

The group also asked the court to nullify the N5m and other penal sanctions unilaterally imposed on 99.3 FM Lagos for discharging its duties.

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NBC fines channels over protest coverage

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned three major Nigerian broadcasters for using unverifiable video footage from social media to cover the End SARS protests being held in the country.

Armstrong Idachaba

Fines between N2m (US$5,260) and N3m have been imposed on African Independent Television (AIT), Channels TV and Arise TV.

The End SARS movement is a series of protests against police brutality in Nigeria that is calling for the disbandment of the police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The NBC had warned last week that broadcasters must perform the role of peace agent by adhering to the principles of responsibility, accuracy and neutrality in reporting the protests.

Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of the NBC, warned that further sanctions would be harsher.

Non-profit legal and advocacy organisation SERAP has condemned the fines imposed by the NBC and is demanding that it withdraw them or face legal action.

A post on the SERAP Twitter page said: “We condemn the illegal fines of N9m reportedly imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission on Channels TV, AIT and Arise TV (3m each) over their coverage of the End SARS protest. We’ll sue the NBC if the unconstitutional fines are not rescinded within 48 hours.”


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Kidnapped Channels TV reporter freed

Kidnapped Channels TV reporter Friday Okeregbe has been freed and his abductors arrested.

Friday Okeregbe

Okeregbe was abducted on March 22 but was released last week after a police operation that also saw three suspects taken into custody.

According to deputy police commissioner Frank Mba, Okeregbe – who police believe was not the main target of the kidnappers – was taken to a den in Karimo, Abuja, where he was held captive.

The three suspects have been named as Haniel Patrick, Abdulwahab Isah and Salisu Mohammed. They were arrested on April 9, with police also recovering weaponry believed to belong to the men.

The police have said they will do all they can to arrest other members of the gang involved and have urged anyone who can aid the process to come forward with their information.

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Channels TV reporter kidnapped

Channels TV reporter Friday Okeregbe has been kidnapped, with his abductors demanding a ransom of N50million (US$138,600).

Friday Okeregbe

Okeregbe was taken on his way back from a mechanic’s workshop in Games village, Abuja. His whereabouts is unknown and his family have so far been unable to gather the ransom for his release.

Neither the police nor Okeregbe’s family had issued a statement on the kidnapping prior to the publication of this story. Channels TV is a 24-hour Nigerian independent news and media television channel.

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Court arraigns Channels TV presenters

A number of Nigerian TV presenters are to be indicted as part of the ongoing trial of Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Three presenters of the Sunrise Daily show on Channels TV are set to be arraigned for allegedly making prejudicial statements concerning Metuh’s court case for alleged fraud.

Chamberlain Usoh, Nnetaobase Egne and Gimba Umar anchored the programme, in which they interviewed the lawyers from both sides of the case. These included Johnson Ojogbane of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), representing the prosecution; and Benchuks Nwosu, representing the defence.

However, according to the judge of the trial, Justice Okon Abang, this was an offensive act, as the channel and TV show allegedly took it upon itself to act as a court of law.

Justice Abang ordered that the presenters and their guest on the programme, Nwosu, be docked. Meanwhile, the court will determine whether the conversation held on the programme that day was prejudicial or not, as well as to make the media outfit explain why it engaged in a matter pending before the court.

However, the court did not arraign Ojogbane, who featured on the show via telephone.

The ongoing trial involves the case of Metuh who was accused of N400m (US$1.1m) fraud by the EFFC. He is standing trial on seven counts of money-laundering alongside his company, Destra Investment Limited.

The charges relate to money from the office of the former National Security Adviser in 2014 to campaign for former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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TV presenters escape prosecution

The court order imposed on three Channels TV presenters by Justice Okon Abang of the Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja in July has been suspended.

The trio involved are Chamberlain Usoh, Gimba Umar and Nneotaobase Egbe. Under the ruling, they were to be prosecuted over the broadcasting of allegedly prejudicial material in respect of the trial of Chief Olisa Metuh, the former publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party.

The three presenters of the Sunrise Daily show on Channels TV were set to be arraigned for allegedly making prejudicial statements concerning Metuh’s court case for alleged fraud.

Usoh, Egne and Umar anchored the programme, in which they interviewed the lawyers from both sides of the case. These included Johnson Ojogbane of the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, representing the prosecution, and Benchuks Nwosu, representing the defence.

During the trial, relating to allegations of money-laundering, the three presenters conducted themselves in a manner that Justice Okon Abang ruled was contemptuous and prejudicial to the court.

This led to an outburst by the judge, who said: “So Channels Television has become a court of law.”

As a result of this, they were to be arraigned before any court that had the same jurisdiction as the Federal High Court.

Justice Abang has now temporarily suspended the prosecution order while waiting for the outcome of an appeal that Channels TV has since filed against his July ruling.

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MyTV adds Blue Ant channels

Blue Ant Media, a Canada-based international content producer, distributor and channel operator, is expanding its distribution and production in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets.

Chiara McKee

In a bid to reach the Nigerian audience, Blue Ant has partnered with local pay TV platform MyTV to broadcast its TV channels Love Nature and ZooMoo. Together they air 500 hours of original content focused on wildlife footage, puppetry and animation.

Chiara McKee, newly appointed VP of EMEA for Blue Ant’s kids and global networks division, will oversee the channel distribution sales, operations and marketing across EMEA.

According to MyTV, the two additional channels are sure to keep its viewers entertained. “MyTV takes pride in announcing the addition of ZooMoo to its channel line-up,” it said.

“ZooMoo is a collaboration between some of the world’s foremost wildlife filmmakers, early childhood educationalists and technology developers. Its programming engages and entertains children with the wonders of animals, to stimulate and develop their innate emotional connection with the natural world.”

MyTV is a pay TV network featuring all-round entertainment with more than 20 channels, including: Wazobia TV, Galaxy TV, Channels TV, Aljazeera and KBS World.

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BBC, Channels TV get the Gist

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.

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Momoh freed from lawsuit

The lawsuit filed last month against Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and the CEO of Channels TV John Momoh has been dropped.

John Momoh

The move was announced by Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), who had initially filed the suit on December 19.

The AAC brought the case after Sowore was excluded from the vice-presidential debate held on December 14. However, due to the inability of the court to serve him hearing notice, Sowore withdrew the action.

Through his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, Sowore appealed that his name should not be removed from the January 19 presidential debate. This was granted by Justice Danlami Senchi, who also removed Momoh’s name from the suit.

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NBC prepares for Africast 2018

International trade event Africast is set to hold its 12th biennial conference of Africa broadcasters and exhibitors in Abuja this month.

Maimuna Jimada

The international trade conference and exhibition runs between October 23 and 25 in the Ladi Kwali Hall at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

The event is aimed at providing a platform for manufacturers of broadcasting equipment with the opportunity to showcase their products and services. It is also a way for broadcast professionals to be informed about the latest trends in broadcasting in the international market.

Launched in 1996 by Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Africast is aimed at professionals, academics and policy makers. Focusing on The Dynamics of Broadcasting in the Digital Era, the 2018 event will also discuss how best digital switch-over can be delivered across Africa.

Nigerian companies at the event will include Channels TV, Zoommobile Telecomms, Viewer Communications, Zuma Radio, BT4 Media Group and Voice of Nigeria.

Maimuna Jimada, coordinator of the event and senior officer at NBC, said: “Africast has fast become the biggest and most comprehensive broadcast and media industry event on the continent and offers a unique platform for knowledge sharing and networking for digital broadcasters, broadcast regulators, communicators, broadcast content providers, equipment manufacturers and vendors, policy makers and other stakeholders from all over Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world.

“At Africast 2018, our guests will experience three days of varied participation of up to 1000-plus delegates from across the globe. It is a platform for world-class exposition, showcasing the very best in creativity, innovation and technological advancements in Africa’s broadcast and media ecosystem.”

There will be keynote presentations, discussions, expert roundtables, networking opportunities, masterclasses, a content market with exclusive screenings of African content and an expo showcasing the latest broadcast and media technologies. Exhibitors from countries including China and Japan will attend.

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Buhari team readies weekly show

President Muhammadu Buhari’s media team has announced a weekly programme that will focus on the policies of the current administration, reports Gabriella Opara.

Muhammadu Buhari

Weeks after the release of a documentary titled The Human Side of President Buhari, Abiola Olusola, deputy director of media in the office of the vice-president, has revealed that the show is set to launch on a number of TV networks in the country.

According to  Olusola, the programme will promote the policies and steps taken by Buhari to attempt to ensure the growth of Nigeria.

The show, whose name and release date have yet to be revealed, will air on Channels TV on Mondays at 16.30, NTA on Thursdays at 18.30, Core TV News on Saturdays at 12.30 and  Liberty TV on Sundays at 16.30.

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Terror doc racks up YouTube views

A Nigerian documentary about terrorist group Boko Haram was the sixth most-viewed video on YouTube in the country in 2017.

Almost a year after Channels TV first aired Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked, YouTube listed it as one of the 10 most-watched videos in Nigeria.

Presented by Ini Thompson, the four-part doc was uploaded to Channels TV’s YouTube channel in February 2017 and has since attracted more than one million views.

Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked explores the deadly attacks the group has carried out over the years in the northern part of Nigeria since its inception in 2002.

The doc was packaged by Washington DC-based Voice of America (VOA). The videos have  aired on several VOA platforms during 2017.

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Channels TV wins top NMMA gong

Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV has been named TV station of the year at the Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA), marking the 12th time the network has received the honour, reports Gabriella Opara.

Channels TV won the top NMMA for the 12th time

Channels TV assistant general manager Kingsley Uranta accepted the award on behalf of Channels Media Group, after the TV station was announced as the winner by the emcee of the event, Gbenga Adeyinka.

Also bagging an award at the  ceremony was Channels TV presenter Gimba Umar, who was named television newscaster of the year.

Channels TV, which received its first NMMA in 2000, has a viewing audience of more than 20 million, locally and internationally.

The NMMAs are held annually to celebrate and recognise media excellence in the country. This year’s event was attended by dignitaries and top media personalities including Nigeria’s minister of information & culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the chairman of the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, John Momoh.

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