By: Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare has posited that everyone is a journalist in the society with the advent of Social Media, but the truth remains that journalism without gatekeeping is not journalism.
“People posting false stories and pictures with phones have destroyed people’s careers, but there are consequences”, he said.
The Minister, according to Obiechina Ngozi
PEO 1 (Information) in the Youth and Sports Development Ministry, made this statement during a courtesy visit of TVC News team led by the CEO, Mr Andrew Hanlon to his office.
Welcoming the team to his office, the Minister said that TVC and its concept in the past 8 to 9 years have continued to increase professionalism on the job of gatekeeping and professional content.
“TVC has made a crop of professionals through its constant training of his team of staff, thereby carving a reputation of a good manager of resources and clear market leader when it comes to one of the networks in the country”, he said.
The Minister confirmed that the Ministry has two mandates which are Youth Development and Sports Development, stressing that Television and sports are together, the number of people who watch sports on television is very high.
Hon. Dare emphasized that we are about developing sports in Nigeria; in the past years, we have seen sport culture decline but we want to bring it back. “We intend to embrace the television in sports development, not just in Nigeria but in the diaspora”, he said.
The Honourable Minister said, “The size of our youth is massive and the best way to reach out to them is still through television. We want to connect to our target audience, and TVC is a good platform to leverage on to share an audience, for that we can partner together”
Earlier in his opening remarks, Mr. Andrew Hanlon, CEO of TVC News, said that they play the role of entertaining and informing unbiased, adding TVC has up to seven million viewers and listeners every day connecting to their television and radio, which is a huge responsibility on the network.
Mr. Hanlon reiterated that education and training is key to TVC, hence they invest in their people through constant training for staff and investment in infrastructure.
“The advertising industry in Nigeria is declining, and the revenue is the lifeblood of the industry, and it is affecting our business” he added.
To this end, the CEO said the organization has come a long way and wishes to partner with government agencies like the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which has huge audience, so as to help the Ministry disseminate information and campaigns to the targeted audience.
The visitors later presented a plaque to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare.