20th May, 2010
NN24, Network News 24, a 24-hour, seven days a week TV news channel, has commenced operation in Lagos, Nigeria.
The arrival of the channel on the broadcast media scene heralds a new era in television journalism in Nigeria and the continent at large.
NN24, a brainchild of a young Nigerian entrepreneur, Anthony Dara, commenced operation on Monday 3 May with its head office situated within the compound of Newswatch at 3 Billings Way Oregun, Lagos.
It is set to fill a void in the broadcast news genre with special dedication to round-the-clock news updates and afrocentric programming content. Available on channel 414 on DStv, NN24 is accessible to television audience in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
Dara, the stationâ€™s CEO, says the company, which has an affiliation with CNN and MultiChoice, is set to become the leader in the Nigerian media industry for concise and reliable television news.
â€œWe at NN24 believe Africa is ripe for this news revolution, hence we are here with a different orientation, style and professionalism that is desirable not just in Nigeria but in Africa,â€ he said.
Dara added that the station can boast of a formidable balance of technology and manpower.
â€œWithÂ our core values being innovation and objectivity, we are here to contribute to television; we have balanced cutting edge technology with skilled professionals to create a new breed of journalists with a brief to give the public qualitative, informative and exciting television experience,â€ he enthuses.
Also speaking on the news station, Joseph Hundah, Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, said the partnership with NN24 fulfils a long-standing tradition of strategic collaborations aimed at giving value-added service to DStv viewers.
Hundah says that NN24 will be available to all DStv subscribers across the four different platforms in order to avail a large section of Nigerians the opportunity of hooking up to a truly pan-African channel with indigenous content