The Nigeria Broadcasting Awards,which comes up in October this year, is an opportunity to recognise the enormous contributions of the country’s broadcast industry to nation building, while celebrating excellence in the industry.
Chairman, Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON, Mr. John Ugbe stated this at the unveiling of the awards logo in Lagos.
The Awards Logo is a gold coloured statuette, with the shape a woman, indicating that Broadcasting is a profession of ideas developed and implemented by fertile minds.
Also, the statuette’s two hands are raised, clutching a star, which symbolizes triumph borne of the excellence that the Awards seeks to recognize, celebrate and reward.
In an address, Mr. Ugbe said that BON having noted the need to motivate media practitioners responsible for daily information dissemination, public enlightenment and entertainment,has decided to recognize and reward them for their works excellence.
He stressed that broadcasters have played pivotal roles in sustenance of the country’s unity and addressing obstacles to nation building, and therefore deserve to be celebrated.
The BON chairman explained that through fair and balanced coverage of events, especially electioneering as well as serving as midwife between the government and the governed, broadcasters have helped tremendously in fostering nation building and safeguarding democratic governance.
According to Mr. Ugbe, BON has through it’s platforms been at the forefront of contributing towards resolution of critical national issues such insecurity, health, economic and national stability among others.
His words, ” BON has been involved in efforts geared towards building national unity, Sustaining democratic governance,through fair and balanced coverage of electioneering and elections and serving as midwife between the government and the governed as assigned to it by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“BON has through it’s platforms been at the forefront of contributing towards resolution of critical national issues such insecurity, health, economic and national stability aming others.
“The Broadcasting Organisations of having noted the need to motivate media practitioners responsible for daily information dissemination, public enlightenment and entertainment,has decided to recognize and reward them for their works excellence
“BON is therefore organising The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA) to recognize and reward excellence in the Broadcast Media Industry.
“The aim of the Nigeria Broadcasting Awards is to embody;
- International awards for Outstanding achievement in Television and Radio
-Distinguished achievements and meritorious service in Broadcasting among others.
“There are quite a few categories for which award will be given across radio and television
“To achieve a successful award, BON at it’s 76th General Assembly approved the composition of the Awards Steering Committee drawn from public and private media houses. The Steering is headed by Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce, President of Silverbird Group . BON has also appointed Strategic Outcomes Limited as the Consultant to the Committee.
The formation of BON came to be as a result of the broadcast media houses in the country, coming together to cover the All Africa Games that was staged in Nigeria in 1973.The need to make it a formidable organisation was reinforced when Nigeria was given the right to host the Festival of Black Arts and Culture-FESTAC77. The joint efforts of broadcast stations in the coverage of FESTAC 77 , again yielded tremendous success that received international accolades.
What is now known as Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) was formally established in 1988 to serve as a coalition of public and private broadcast stations
The organistion duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, as the nation’s umbrella of Terrestrial Radio, Television, Direct-To-Home Digital Television and Multimedia Distribution System.
BON is therefore an independent, non-governmental association of all private, public, commercial and community electronic media organisations in Nigeria with more than 300 media houses as members.
The Chairman of the Awards Steering Committee, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce, said though the award is coming 33 years after the establishment of BON, it is better late than never, as he expressed happiness to be part of the committee.
I am happy to be the Chairman Steering Committee of the BON award events and it us the first BON is ever doing in the history in the last 33 years. We will work with several people to actualise this. BON has always been the same traditional approach in doing business. But this time around, we have a dymamic chairman.
On his part, a member of the awards Steering Committee, Dr. David Andah, who is the Director Legal Adviser, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, believed that beyond celebrating broadcast excellence, the awards would help to further enhance standards in the industry as content providers would commit themselves to doing the right thing to be nominated.
Dr. Andah said it is an opportunity for Radio Nigeria to once again showcase itself stuff, adding that the corporation would key into it by making sure that it’s staff members participate.
“Radio Nigeria which is the biggest radio network in Africa is part of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, a key stakeholder. This award is being given to recognise broadcasters that have put in their best to ensure that news dissemination is done and given to Nigerians are verified, no fake news. The award will recognise Nigerians that have been giving their best.
“You will notice that BON which is 33 years old now has not celebrates themselves. Awards are given by other media stations to individuals, but BON which is the umbrella of all broadcast outfits have never given awards to deserving Nigerians that have given their best.
“Radio Nigeria is also going to key in and file in to ensure that they participate in this award. This award will encourage broasters, presenters, engineers and young ones coming to ensure that they give in their best at their point of duty to ensure that whatever they are giving Nigerians is truthful,devoid of fake or false news. I believe this is the proper thing to do to Nigerians and I am happy to be here.
Major stakeholders in the Nigerian Broadcasting Awards, especially the Steering Committee members from different parts of the country, were present at the event.