Media and entertainment investment and management group Digital Play Nigeria has acquired ITV Studios’ reality format Love Island, bringing the format to Africa for the first time.
The deal was announced during the ITV Studios Fall Festival that took place this week in London.
The show will be recorded and produced in Nigeria and the first season will air on Television Continental (TVC) for terrestrial broadcast and on 9 Vision Media for digital.
UK-based production and distribution company ITV Studios created the dating reality show.
According to Maarten Meijs, president of global entertainment at ITV Studios: “Within ITV Studios, we vest a high number of iconic and powerful formats with a lot of staying power. Our partners know where to find us and together we are able to supersize our biggest brands in their local markets.”
TVC is a broadcast TV station in Lagos, Nigeria that provides entertainment, talkshows and news. 9 Vision Media Group is a mobile telecoms operators that has added content to its list of services, delivered via the internet to mobile devices and free TV set-top boxes.
Celebrated broadcast journalist and former Arise Daily news anchor Sulaiman Aledeh is returning to TV with a political talkshow, titled Political Stew.
The move comes months after Aledeh left Arise and launched his own online news platform, Aledeh.com.
The show, which will focus on political issues in Nigeria, will air on Television Continental (TVC), although a premiere date is yet to be announced.
The show is expected to set the pace for political discourse ahead of the 2019 general election. According to Aledeh: “It will stand out from other political shows. We won’t be biased, we will not gag anyone, yet we will be firm.
“We are setting standards with some of the finest hands in the industry. For every guest we bring, the viewer must get quality for time spent watching.
“The presentation style will be fluid, breezy and sometimes tastily spiced. So, when you’re looking for those who haven’t been on any television show before, you’ll find them on Political Stew.”
Prior to joining Arise TV in 2017, Aledeh anchored various political programmes on Channels TV, where he worked for eight years as a news anchor, producer and co-host of Sunrise Daily.