2023 Media Patronage: Northern Broadcast establishment raises concern over marginalisation

…Threaten blackout of APC PCC campaign Executives of some Northern Media TV and Radio stations say it has come to their knowledge that their colleagues in the South-West region have been mobilised to roll out Radio and TV advertisement materials on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential campaign. The concerned media executives lamented that while about 60 of south-based media stations have been mobilised, northern based broadcast establishments seem to be sidelined and not carried along. The executives have already filed complaints with the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu and…

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2023: “Stop the lies; I never endorsed Peter Obi for president” – Sultan Abubakar

Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has denied backing the Labour Party (LP)’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi for president. An issued statement by the Media Team of the Sultan, Prince Bashir Adefaka, called on the public to ignore the irresponsible attempt to drag the Sultan into politics of 2023 by Obi. The Sultan said ordinarily, the statement should not be dignified with a pinch of reaction, but because of the need to put the record straight for the sake of truth-seeking Nigerians. The statement recalled that this…

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Channels Media chairman warns broadcasters against irresponsible journalism

The Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh, has cautioned journalists on the need to avoid divisive and offensive rhetoric which could subvert the peace of the country. According to a statement at the weekend, the media entrepreneur gave the warning while speaking on: ‘Challenges, prospects and responsibilities’, during the Lagos leg of the two-arm induction of 400 members into the Society of Nigeria Broadcasters, which was held in Lagos. Momoh said, “Irresponsible journalism, rooted in laziness to verify, re-check and triple check facts and figures before going to town…

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Marketing, Media practitioners to strengthen multi-billion naira advertising industry

Practitioners in Nigeria’s advertising, media and marketing industry converged in Abuja yesterday to discuss challenges and opportunities in the industry. With the theme: “The Marketing Communications Industry: Trends, Challenges and Prospects”, the conference will also discuss marketing opportunities, especially to the Generation Z to Alpha consumers, creating brand experience in a digital world – the future of experiential marketing, from buying board space to buying mind space – Trends in OOH as well as building Nigeria’s new television audience measurement system. Distinguished speakers at the three-day conference include: Emmanuel Agu, Group…

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President Buhari mourns passing of veteran journalist Bashir Baba

…Says his contributions remain indelible President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the death of veteran journalist Bashir Mohammed Baba, describing him as “a dedicated broadcaster who had made a name for himself by dint of sheer hard work and commitment to excellence”. Reacting to the demise of the journalist yesterday, President Buhari said that “Bashir Baba had distinguished himself in his chosen profession and therefore deserves the accolades being poured on his good record. “Whatever we do in life, we should do it so well; because ultimately, our…

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Fake News: TV station apologises to Tinubu over false report

A popular television news channel, Arise TV, has apologised to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over a false report that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced a forfeiture investigation against him. The broadcast station had reported that INEC has commenced investigation into a case of criminal forfeiture against Tinubu regarding a purported criminal forfeiture case in the United States. However, in a retraction yesterday, the management of Arise TV apologised over the false report after INEC publicly dismissed it as…

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Afreximbank, Silverbird sign deal for world-class film complex in Lagos

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Silverbird Group have signed a partnership agreement to build West Africa’s largest and most modern educational and film studio complex in Lagos. The partnership was signed by Afreximbank’s Director of Project & Asset-Based Finance, Helen Brume and Founder of Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce. According to Murray-Bruce, who stated this on the side-lines of the Africa Investment Forum, the complex will deliver a differentiated business model across the film industry value-chain. The ground-breaking project, the ‘Ben Murray-Bruce Studios and Film Academy’ (BMB Studios and Film…

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Zamfara tenders apology, reverses order to shut down NTA, other private media houses

Zamfara State Government has apologised and reversed the order to shut down five broadcast stations in the State. The Government ordered the closure of some media houses in Gusau, the State capital, for providing coverage for a political rally organised by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). The affected media stations are the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Pride FM, Gamji TV, and FM, Al-Umma TV. The State governor, Bello Matawalle, also ordered the suspension of political meetings and activities in the affected communities. However, the Chairman of the State Committee…

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Insecurity: Zamfara Govt. orders shutdown of some media houses 

Zamfara State Government has announced a shutdown of all Federal and private media houses in the State for covering the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP)’s political rally. This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara. The statement also directed the State Commissioner of Police to arrest all pressmen that attended the event organised by the PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare. The development was also announced by the commissioner via the local State-owned radio stations. The order affects Radio Nigeria, Pride FM, Gusau;…

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IPI Nigeria condemns Zamfara government’s shutdown of media organisations 

…Asks State governor to immediately rescind action The International Press Institute (IPI) in Nigeria has condemned the order by the Zamfara State government to shut down some media organisations operating in the State. The IPI Nigeria made this known in an issued statement signed by its President, Musikilu Mojeed, yesterday. The affected media houses are the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s (FRCN) Pride FM, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Gamji Television, Vision FM and Al-Umma Television ) in Gusau, the state capital. Mojeed stated that the Zamfara State government does…

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