By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba yesterday asked media practitioners to be objective and always consider national interest in their reportage.
Osoba, who spoke in Abeokuta during the 2016 World Television Day, organised by the Broadcast Journalists ‘ Association of Nigeria, BJAN, urged the media to always pursue and report the truth.
Osoba also said journalists should always allow objectivity, accuracy; sincerity and fairness prevail when reporting issues.
The former Governor, represented by a former member, House of Representatives, Adekunle Adeyemi said; “Whatever you are doing as a journalist, you must allow objectivity, truth and national interest to always prevail as the watchdogs of the country”.
The theme of the celebration is “Digital Switch Over and The Future of Television News in Nigeria”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Head TVC News Nigeria, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju lamented that news reporting have been hindered by the high rate of commercialisation in it, saying “news have become a commercialised product”.
Babajide-Otitoju who spoke on “Media Commercialisation and Objectivity in Television News and Programmes in Nigeria” insisted that media Proprietors influence on news managers had made it difficult for them to be in tune with the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC’s code of ethics.
Also speaking, the Coordinator, Mass Communication Department of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Dr. Yemi Obalanlege, who spoke on the theme, urged that Nigeria must ensure the digital switch over in broadcasting to avoid being a dumping ground for other foreign countries.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Dayo Adeneye appealed to the media to always put professionalism and patriotism into consideration in their reportage.