Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BBG Signs Agreement to Provide Live VOA News in Nigeria

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced an agreement with Channels Television, one of the 13 independent Nigerian TV stations. For the first time, Voice of America correspondents will report on events as they happen from around the world for the Channels evening newscasts.

"We are excited to deepen our innovative and interactive relationship with Channels TV," said BBG Governor Matt Armstrong, who signed the agreement at an Association of International Broadcasters conference in London.  "We will work together collaboratively to cover local and global events, from Lagos, Washington, DC, and around the world based on VOA's trusted news and information and the journalists at Channels TV. "

VOA's English-language reports will air on the Channels prime-time evening programs "The World Today" at 5:30 pm and "News at Ten" at 10:00 pm local time.  Channels TV is popular with English-speaking Nigerians and has approximately a 15 percent audience share of adults over age 15.

This affiliate agreement is an expansion of an ongoing partnership. A Channels TV correspondent is a regular contributor to VOA's Africa54 daily television news program.   VOA has been providing Channels with correspondent reports from Ukraine, Cairo, and London, as well as feature, news, entertainment, health, and sports reports.

Speaking at the signing, John Momoh, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Channels TV, observed, "There is a trend in partnership and collaboration is needed amongst ourselves and with organizations like the Voice of America."  He added, "Nigeria's digital future is promising."

VOA provides news and information programming to Nigeria via radio, mobile and online platforms, in both English and Hausa.  In addition to its website, radio broadcasts and popular mobile site, the Hausa Service recently launched DandalinVOA, a 24/7 mobile phone platform that provides users with the latest analyses, breaking news and information.

(BBG Press Release)

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