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BON INTRODUCES SOCIETY OF NIGERIAN BROADCASTERS TO FRCN STAFF MEMBERS

The Executive of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), led by the Chairman Mr. John Ugbe, the Cheif Executive Officer, Multichoice Nigeria, on Wednesday 24th November 2021, introduced the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters (SNB) to the members of Staff The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria through a membership drive to sensitize staff on the need to be part of the association which seeks to promote professionalism in the broadcast industry.

The Chairman, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, the Cheif Executive Officer, Multichoice Nigeria.

The team led by the BON Chairman comprised of executive members including the Vice-Chairman, Director-General Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Dr. Mansur Liman, and the Executive Secretary, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose. The Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe said that the SBN has been registered since 1994 but is finally taking off in 2021, 20 years later. He urged members of staff of the corporation to be part of the historical organisation which seeks to professionalise the industry.

The broadcast industry in Nigeria has come under public scrutiny many times due to the activities of quacks who put out content without any regard for ethical standards.

To checkmate the activities of non-professional broadcast journalists and unprofessionalism, the Director-General of FRCN, Dr. Liman Mansur said that the organisation will ensure the certification of those who can be referred to as the real professionals in the broadcast industry.

The Director-General of FRCN, Dr. Liman Mansur giving his opening speech.

He said the organisation will also ensure that media organisations have professionals who run its daily affairs to avoid situations of people saying whatever they want to say without minding the consequences of their actions.

Addressing members of staff, the Executive Secretary of BON, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose explained that the organisation aims to improve professionalism as it is obtainable in other professions, like accounting or law. He said the body aims to meet the professional needs of its members through well structured programmes. It will also enhance high ethical standards in the broadcast industry through regular interactions with its members.

The Executive Secretary of BON, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose addressing concerns of members of staff.

He urged members of staff to join the body so that the high standards that broadcasters are known for do not get eroded by unprofessionals who neither know nor practice the ethics of the profession.

Highlights of the event was the question session by members of staff of the corporation who were curious to know how the executive intends to ensure that there is a recognisable standard in the broadcast industry by those who use the media.

In response members of the executive made it clear that the body is not a regulatory body but a body that seeks to uphold and ensure professionalism, and this goal is to be achieved through the training.

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