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Minister Harps on Local Content during Family Belt

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Prof. Dora Akunyili, minister of information and communications has harped on the need for terrestrial broadcasters to air programmes rich in local content during the family belt period which is between 7-10pm.
Speaking at a forum organized by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Enugu themed: “Achieving Nigerian Content during the Family Belt on Terrestrial Television: Challenges and Prospects,” the minister enjoined broadcast stations to air programmes which portray the country in a positive light.
“We must appreciate the goodness in our people and highlight the positive aspects of our society.  We do not need to tell lies, but we also do not need to over-emphasize the negative aspects of our society,” she explained.
Our case she said is even worse as we not only struggling to get the right equipment, but have very few programmes on women, children and youths. “With sufficient quality to engage that segment of society; and they are therefore, pushed conveniently into the waiting arms of foreign stations, which feed them with objectionable content. Things are so bad that some of our leading stations, now show cheap and discarded foreign soap operas and musicals with very little positive values to contribute to our impressionable youngsters during the family belt; that is, the time when fathers, mothers and their children are the captive audiences. This is completely unacceptable!” Akunyili declared.
According to her, with the advent of digital broadcasting, which will free up more frequencies for broadcasting and other services, the need has become more acute for more programmes to fill the increased available airtime.  “Broadcast stations would therefore need to gear up to face the challenges of providing adequate and qualitative programmes that meet the needs of Nigerians for information, education and entertainment.”
In his welcome address, Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, director general, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), emphasized on the importance of broadcasting to a nation, as a means of creating and maintaining a people’s national identity and promoting their cultural heritage.
He said: “The family belt, otherwise known as the Prime Time viewing period therefore, requires all television stations to broadcast programmes that are not only suitable for general family viewing but also promote national values, ideals and aspirations of this country.”
“Prime time period on television, running from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, requires that stations devote most of that family viewing belt to local or Nigerian content and productions, which protect and project this country’s cultural values, norms and our national identity,” he added.
The NBC boss observed that prime time period on virtually all the country’s television stations today have been taken over by foreign movies and soap operas, which glorify strange values and acts that sometimes offend African cultural sensibilities. “Cheap Mexican soap operas with themes and undertones of immoral behaviour, marital infidelity and incestuous relationships running through them have become the dominant content on most stations’ prime time telecast.”
Bolarinwa noted that the NBC has sent a circular to all television stations in the country, giving them a deadline of April 2009 to stop airing foreign content in the family belt; underscoring the Commission’s seriousness on the issue of family belt.
A keynote address delivered by the celebrated film and broadcast guru, Amaka Igwe, focused on local content, its role in broadcasting and how Nigerian content can be re-engineered for the achievement of a better society.
She said: “In this stage of our national development, it is important to use content to push national philosophy, ideology and agenda, and as a tool for behavioral and attitudinal change just as the Americans did in 1955.”
“Nigerians certainly need behavioral and attitudinal changes. We as Nigerians have to believe again in the country of our birth; we have to relive the glorious of our heroes and history; we have to appreciate and appreciate our rich cultural heritage; we have to recognize our potentials as a people, pushing the positives and downplaying the negatives,” Igwe added.

 


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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