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Utuama blames media challenges on faulty foundation

ASABA—Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Agbe Utuama (SAN), has blamed the challenges facing  state media organs on faulty foundation on which they were built.

He said the state government was resolved in its bid to correct the situation, as about N1.7billion had been voted in this year’s budget to revamp and reposition   Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS, and The Pointer Newspaper titles.

Prof. Utuama said the problems of the state media outfits predated the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and could even be traced back to the period before the advent of democratic rule in the country in 1999.
Responding to a question at a press briefing to herald activities lined up to mark the third anniversary of  Uduaghan’s administration in Asaba yesterday, the deputy governor, who is chairman of the anniversary committee, affirmed that government remained committed to the revamping and repositioning of the state media.

He, therefore, called on all Deltans, including members of the press, to join hands with Uduaghan’s administration in its determination to ensure globally accepted standards for the media organizations.

According to him, government has put machinery in place to ensure that the broadcasting stations were fully digitalised and hooked up to satellite transmission so that Deltans all over the world can be fully attuned to developments going on in the state.

It would be recalled that as part of measures to revamp and reposition the broadcast stations, the radio arms of DBS Asaba and Warri were recently digitalised with the acquisition and installation of brand new studio equipment. Plans to digitalise the television arms of the stations are targeted to be realised this year while the Pointer Newspaper titles will also be turned around in terms of quality output, circulation and spread.


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