9th June, 2011
A call has gone to the managements of the state owned electronic media, Ogun State Television (OGTV) and Ogun State Radio Corporation to operate like professional news organisations and not as mouthpiece of the state government.
The call was made by the Governor of the state, Sen.Ibikunle Amosun when during a meeting with the two general managers and the heads of ministries, departments and agencies.
According to the governor, “My administration will not want a situation where most news items would be on the governor and government activities only. The stations are public media and they should serve the interest of the public and not just that of the governor or the government.”They are state-owned media, not governor’s media or a media for Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which is now the party in power in the state.”You must give balanced coverage to all political parties, let all shades of opinion be reflected and professionalism should be your watchword so that you can enjoy wider acceptability.”Governor Amosun urged the new general managers of the state owned television station, Alhaji Ayinde Soaga to pay serious attention to developing the content quality so that the station could be acceptable on the DSTV and other cable platforms as well as live stream over the web.
The governor promised to look into the request of the stations for financial assistance so as to enable them upgrade their facilities.
Responding on behalf of the two general managers, Alhaji Soaga thanked the governor for the trust reposed in them and promised the governor that they will be balanced and objective in their reportage.
He gave assurance that the two stations are ready to live up to expectations of the governor by upgrading their content quality and maintaining the ethics of the profesion.