Nigeria Police TV to go live by November

Nigeria Police TV to go live by November

Nigeria Police said it will float Nigeria Police TV, a public media venture to be managed under the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service.

The chief executive of the NPBS, Mr. Ediri Jerry Wesley said Nigeria Police TV will start operations through a fund-raising ceremony to be held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

“The NPBS will focus on four areas of operations (TV, Radio, Online and Emergency Control Centre). The project which is a Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Police will help to curb insecurity by prompt respond to emergency situations.”

Describing the business model of the station, he said NPBS will not source for commercial adverts for sustainability, rather its survival will depend largely on sponsorship from corporate organizations. It is not clear if this model will start the test of time as it was practiced by Lagos Traffic Radio but was later ditched for advertising and sponsorsshp

“About 5,000 young Nigerians will be engaged and trained by 50 expatriate (Professionals from CNN, BBC and other foreign media Organisations) for three years,”  he said.

In order to reach all Nigerians irrespective of their educational background, transmission will also be done in both Pidgin English and other Nigerian Languages, he said.

“The NPBS will focus on four areas of operations (TV, Radio, Online and Emergency Control Centre). The project which is a Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Police will help to curb insecurity by prompt respond to emergency situations.”

Media analysts who spoke to PageOne.ng said the idea although laudable, might end up becoming a ‘white elephant’ as it might end up with perennial problems of mismanagement, lack of transparency and innovation, a common factor with public oriented enterprises.