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Social Development, Television and Politics in Nigeria.

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Social Development Television and Politics in Nigeria examines pertinent trends and issues concerning Nigeria's development as a nation. The country's sociopolitical perambulation and the role of television in such upheavals as well as their resolution, therefore, constitute the crux of this text.
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... However, in the Nigerian media ecosystem, television started out as a medium to ventilate political views, partisan reflections and ethnic interests in the context of regional and national politics. Over the years, it has become a powerful tool of education, entertainment, information dissemination, correlation and socialization (Ibagere, 2009;Okhakhu & Omoera, 2010;Omoera, 2014). As a tool for canvassing self-centred ideas and propaganda by members of the political class and regional governments in the early days of Nigeria as a country, television first sent out its signals on 31 October 1959 (Ibagere, 2009;Ukonu, 2006). ...
... Over the years, it has become a powerful tool of education, entertainment, information dissemination, correlation and socialization (Ibagere, 2009;Okhakhu & Omoera, 2010;Omoera, 2014). As a tool for canvassing self-centred ideas and propaganda by members of the political class and regional governments in the early days of Nigeria as a country, television first sent out its signals on 31 October 1959 (Ibagere, 2009;Ukonu, 2006). The then western region sent out the first television signals in the whole of Nigeria and Africa (Sambe, 2001). ...
... It was christened Western Nigeria Television (WNTV). The proponents of the WNTV claimed that the primary aim of establishing it was to serve as a substitute teacher in improving the regional school systems that were characterised by inexperienced and unqualified teachers or a shortage of them in certain subject areas (Ibagere, 2009). However, this study is more concerned with the challenges of lighting television productions in the context of community stations in Nigeria and how they can be remediated, using the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) community stations at Iruekpen and Uzairue in Edo State, Nigeria as fulcra of discussion and analysis. ...
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... The protected turn of events and political elements that proclaimed the autonomy of Nigeria additionally influenced the telecom circle. Ibagere [20] states, however in a somewhat extraordinary setting, that the way communication works in any general public is constantly controlled by the social and political elements of that specific culture on the grounds that such elements decide the parity of the general public. In supporting the previous, Croteau and Hoynes [21] keep up that, "To all the more likely get media, we have to comprehend the world of politics wherein they work". ...
... Truth be told, numerous analysts and other sharp eyewitnesses of the communicate business in Nigeria (Tony Momoh, Elo Ibagere, Ralph Akinfeleye, Mike Ozekome, Fedelis Amantokwu, Wole Soyinka, 'Biodun Jeyifo, Omo Omoruyi, among others) have charged the Nigerian broadcast communications with inclination for their controllers. As indicated by Eguavoen [23] and Ibagere [20] the significant charges against the broad communications, particularly during the subsequent republic included partisanship, ethnic, and strict hawkishness, coercion of some political applicants, bending of the real world, debasement, and the distortion of the North-South polarity. At any rate, it is deplorable that these are grave charges against an industry which should satisfy its duties and commitments in and to the Nigerian country as cherished in the Nigerian constitution. ...
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