SNB holds inaugural induction, advocates for increased professionalism

By Oghale Mafuru

The much anticipated maiden induction of the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters (SNB), a body saddled with the responsibility to maintain high professionalism in Nigeria, was held with calls for responsible journalism that prioritizes national interest and fairness in line with the broadcast Code.

The event witnessed the induction of veterans and notable professionals in the broadcast industry which include Ambassador Yemi Farounbi, former Nigeria Ambassador to Philippines; Engineer Vincent Maduka, former DG, Nigeria Television Authority; Shyngle Wigwe, former DG, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA); John Momoh, Chairman, Channels TV/ former Chairman, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), among several other iconic and eminent personalities within the broadcast industry.

Speaking during the event which was held at the global office of Channels TV in Lagos, the Executive Secretary of the BON and Coordinator of SNB, Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose, stated that the event was a historical display of doggedness and determination to reposition the broadcast profession in Nigeria.

“The idea to have a professional body for the broadcast industry was mooted in 1962 by a foremost broadcaster, late Ambassador Olusegun Olushola, the creator and producer of the popular Village Headmaster on NTA. He retired as Zonal Managing Director, Zone A – Ibadan, and was later transferred to Enugu on the same status and later appointed an Ambassador. One of the objectives of the founding fathers was to use the platform of SNB to improve the general level of broadcasting practice and professionalism by organizing lectures, debates, seminars and publication, and distribution of appropriate literature,” he said.

According to him, the lack of a professional body for broadcasters in Nigeria has been a major bane of the industry which contributed to the dearth of skilled broadcasters and unethical practices.

“For six decades, broadcasters have neglected the nurturing and growth of SNB, their own professional body created and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 1994. What we are doing today is building on the solid foundation laid by our progenitors,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the SNB as an advocacy body will improve the broadcast industry as well as ensure high ethical standards in the interest of the public.

On his part, John Momoh, Chairman of the event, while speaking on prospects, challenges and professionalism, enjoined broadcasters to maintain the highest level of professionalism in the interest of the public, and shun behaviours capable of maligning and bringing the profession to disrepute.

“Responsible journalism entails that whatever facts and figures are gathered are crosschecked, triple checked and reconfirmed before presenting such to the public for consumption. Remember, any misinformation by the media is very difficult to retrieve and the effect is very devastating. So, let’s place the interest of the citizens above that of the politicians and let us live true to our role as the watchdog of society, and shun all forms of offensive rhetoric,” he said

Over 300 members were inducted into the fold this year as the next induction ceremony is expected to be held in the first quarter of 2023.

The Society is a platform and source of inspiration for both serving and retired broadcasters. The body also serves as a think-tank on matters relating to broadcasting and other related issues. In addition, it will maintain close liaison with similar societies or associations across the globe.

Based on recommendations, the Society was transferred to BON in 2013, for nurturing.


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