Nigerian Union of Journalists float new TV station

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has secured license from the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to set up a television station. The station is to be named ‘Fair Press Television’ when established and would be located in Lagos State.

The NUJ National President, Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile made this known in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital during an interactive session with members of the union ahead of the official commissioning of the Model school built by the immediate past administration of Biodun Abdulkareem-led state executive committee.

Two licenses applied
Mr Odusile said ”NUJ applied for two licenses but the NBC could only grant one while the other was still waiting for the President’s approval.”

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” Why did we apply for two? The first one that we were granted from NBC, would give us access to a dedicated channel on either cable DSTV or Startime. We chose DSTV and were asked to pay N10 million, which is what we are looking for now. We were given 60 or 90 days to come and pay the money,” Mr Odusile said.

The NUJ boss stated that the union was at the verge of securing radio license from the regulatory agency in the last dispensation but could not achieve it due to the removal of the leadership of the commision.

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According to him, the television station would be ”efficiently run through contribution of news reports from councils across the 36 States of the federation.”

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“When we were coming in, we said that as part of our efforts to enhance the image and status of journalism that we would set up a broadcast station. We said a radio station, not just to train our members but to also generate revenue for the union, and to also show to the world, especially the media owners, the best way to run a professional organisation and also make profit out of it.

“We set about acquiring a radio license but we got stuck along the way. The immediate past administration in the National Broadcasting Commission wanted to help us even though we were told that there is no spectrum again in Abuja. But as we were making progress, they changed the leadership at the NBC, we had to start from the scratch again,”Mr Odusile explained.

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He acknowledged the support the Director General of National Broadcasting Commission has given to the union in realising its dream.

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