Normalcy may soon return to the Nigerian airwaves after years of “riotous” attitude said to have pervaded activities of the industry, due to failure of professionals to adhere to codes of broadcasting thus helping fake news and hate speeches in a way that in recent times played roles in aggravating ethno-religious discomfort among the populace.
The DEFENDER gathered that this hope is expressed just as the “misconduct” among members of the broadcasting industry is currently receiving serious attention of notable stakeholders.
This was what, we learned, came up during the parley that some wishful broadcasters, who believe things should not continue to degenerate as it, had with the Media Department of the nation’s Presidency, on Thursday November 28, 2019.
They were hosted by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who have been the duo that have consistently held fast against mischief makers that many believe have made the wrong use of media, particularly the broadcasting sector, against and for as old as President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Coming out of the meeting, Mr. Femi Adesina, gladdened by the outcome of it, encouraged members of the public, not to give up yet, on broadcasting, particularly at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The gladdening outcome was the resolve of the broadcasters to bring some self-regulation to bear on the much more sensitive media industry.
Adesina said, “Not everyone likes the riot and chaos going on in the name of broadcasting in a number of stations in Nigeria today. And that is one of the reasons managers of broadcast stations in Abuja have come together to look at their art once again, do peer review, and bring some self-regulation to bear on the industry.
“They were our guests at the media department of the Presidency on Thursday, November 28, 2019, hosted by myself and Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
“Don’t give up on broadcasting yet, particularly at the Federal Capital Territory. Sanity may be returning to the airwaves soon,” the Presidential Adviser said.