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NTA Network News!
« on: August 17, 2008, 08:29:18 PM »
Do you watch the NTA network news?
Isn't it too boring.

I believe the whole network service of the NTA and particularly the tradiitional 9 o'clock news should be reorganised.
Isn't it too monotonous to see Cyril Stober,who has been reading the news like since i came to earth,appear on the screen almost everyother day? Listening to their voice just makes me feel hopeless as if what their mouths utter will never be possible.
The news casters have announced so many changes in government,sacks and plots,failed government policies and promises e.t.c yet they are still the ones delivering the news to 48million viewers(as they always say).Most of them have served the various military regimes that are discredited by the whole media.

Is the Network news even news at all? It seems more like announcements and advise,or more recently public relation jamboree for the national assembly.

The sad part is i am addicted to it. I feel i ought to know what the govt has in plan for the nation but when i watch the News i feel it is just propaganda.

And their advertorial announcements still bear that military tone which has a lot of emphasis on every syllable. Something like:
This is to notify all stakeholders and the general public that the national seminar on HIV awareness scheduled to hold on the 19th of august 2008 has been postponed.
The new date for the seminar will be announced later. All inconveniences are herebey regretted.
Announcer, David Mark,for Honourable minister

Abeg let them change their style  >:(

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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008, 04:16:23 PM »
LOL!
I had always wished and prayed that during the privatisation craze NTA would be affected but some how it escaped Obj-El Rufai's attention.
Maybe they where too busy trying privatise NNPC, Printing&Minting etc

I dont know which is worse NTA News or NTA Sports.
Sometimes there is a 2-day delay in reporting sports news.
Live sports commentary is terrible.
 I cant belive that docummentaries made during the time of Sardauna etc are more interesting to watch than any programme packaged in the last two decades.

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008, 06:33:52 PM »
I feel ur pain guys
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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 05:22:07 PM »
where was i when GGNK made this post? ???
I hadly turn my office TV channel to NTA except when there
is a LIVE programme either at the National assembly or
something of very interest.  Apart from this brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
nothing good, all stale news, despite their effort in introducing
the network zonal news, they still report stale news.

NTA or any other TV station in Nigeria needs a serious
reorganization, more than 75% of the staff are not educationally
trained journalists, a typical example is my home town local
TV station, apart from the GM who (i think) did some diploma
courses on journalism, only a teaspoon full of their staff have
actually went to the university or college to study journalism.
This trend, I think reduces their productivity coupled with lack
of modern equipment and staff motivation.

When you look at any other TV station on the satellite, kai
just watch our neighbours (SUDAN TV) you will see the level
we were left behind.
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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008, 03:04:53 PM »
NTA........lost cause
AIT should aquire it
That Dokpesi chap is really tryn......
What happended to Freedom TV?

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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 02:28:37 PM »
Written by Wole Olaoye (wole.olaoye@gmail.com)    Monday, 25 July 2011 05:00
Daily Trust. 25-07-11

We are a very confident people. You would easily recognize a Nigerian outside these shores. Some foreigners think we are too confident, brash and even arrogant. The Nigerian is wont to assert his rights at every opportunity even if he couldn’t do that at home. Like many of my compatriots, I am proud to be a Nigerian, but unlike some of my countrymen and women I am not blinded by the magnitude of the work yet to be done before we can rub shoulders with the advanced countries of the world.

There are times that we carry our self-confidence too far. This makes it difficult for us to strive for excellence. Take the case of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), which styles itself as the “largest TV network in Africa”. A station which operates from a boys’-quarter-type premises in Abuja whose entire acreage is not more than that of one standard studio in some other countries is styling itself the largest network on the continent? It is true that the NTA has many mini-stations scattered all over the country, but to what avail? The DSTV cable network is headquartered in South Africa without much physical presence in Nigeria but there is hardly any home in our urban areas that doesn’t subscribe to the network. Indeed, many people can’t access NTA and other Nigerian stations, except through DSTV.

The situation is comparable to a man who has 50 mini-buses and styles himself as the largest transporter in the land; he conveniently forgets that just across the border is another transporter who runs a train service.

In terms of set design, perhaps only Channels and NN24 can be said to have an idea of what standards are about. NTA is flat, drab, and archaic. But it is our national television station, and that is why we must not just gloss over the matter. Check out China’s CCTV which is a visual delight. One may criticize the sometimes academic bent of some of the programming, but the visual presentation is riveting. How many years ago did Aljazeera commence operations? Today, that station is giving CNN a run for its money. Excellence is not about hype. When you visit a Nigerian office or home, you find that the TV is either tuned to Africa Magic, CNN or Aljazeera. The only time Nigerians stay riveted to NTA is perhaps during the 9 o’ clock network news or if there is some contentious issue being trashed out at the National Assembly.

Instead of living in the past, the Nigerian Television Authority ought to comprehensively retool. Stations such as the AIT have been blazing new trails in several areas, particularly in sports casting. NTA still relies on old tapes of Olympic Games held several decades ago. Who wants to be served a regular menu of items from your video morgue?

A cursory look at the TV industry in Nigeria shows that NTA produced most of the professionals who now form the core of personnel of the new stations. So, we are not necessarily indicting the staff of NTA but the system that makes the station stagnate. A station cannot make further progress when those who call the shots think that they are the “largest station in Africa”. The system is such that once the NTA satisfies those in power; it can carry on as a local champion without aspiring to the highest standards in the industry.

I recall that when the Western Nigerian Television/Broadcasting Service, WNTV/WNBS, was established in 1959, it was the first TV station in Africa. Yes, Nigeria preceded South Africa in that area. But where are we, 52 years after? South Africa is spoon-feeding us a diet of foreign channels and our own NTA is celebrating its stunted development.

Just like the NTA, the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria has also not lived up to its billing as the “station of the millennium”. We love high-sounding words as if they are capable of transforming a hamlet into a sky-scraper. I don’t know if they have a bandwidth problem but I sometimes find it difficult to get clear signals from FRCN. The seeming ubiquity of FM stations doesn’t help matters. But on the professional newsgathering front, FRCN is lagging behind. Our news is staid and often dated. We don’t get the immediacy that is apparent in BBC or VOA. The problem can’t be with the staffing. Our journalists and broadcasters have excelled in other climes where they had the necessary tools and working e appropriate environment.

I am aware that both NTA and FRCN have been ‘commercialised’, but what does that mean? A licence to stay mired in the stagnant mud of mediocrity? When is NTA going to be able to rub shoulders with CNN and Aljazeera? Will FRCN ever be in the same league with stations like BBC, VOA and Radio Deutsche Welle?

Like a child who insists that his father’s farm is the largest without bothering to check out the size of other people’s farm, we tag everything Nigerian ‘first’ or ‘largest’. The world laughs at us. We travel to other countries and admire the strength of their institutions and the excellence of their output but refuse to replicate same at home.

I hope Information Minister Labaran Maku will be able to breathe life into the “largest TV network in Africa” and the “station of the millennium”. He has his job cut out.

And while we are at it, the rest of us should control our tendency of thinking that the world begins and ends in our little corner of the world: a pharmaceutical company opens a puny plant in some remote part of Nigeria and styles it “the biggest plant in Africa”; a pure water factory is commissioned in Abule-Egba and christened “the biggest producer of treated water in Africa”; a food processing plant is established in some NEPA-less suburb and hyped as “the biggest food processing plant in Africa”.

We have to grow up and live up to our potentials instead of spreading unfounded rumours about our place in the scheme of things. Otherwise we would continue to be the butt of jokes in the more advanced countries of the world. “Comparing oneself with Galileo or Einstein is certainly good for the ego” says John McCarthy, “— provided one refrains from going into too much detail”.
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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2011, 08:37:30 AM »
Hahahah. Very funny and factual. You guys forget say even the country calls itself 'the giant of africa'. But cut us some slack please. We didn't say we are the best. We are simply 'Giant of Africa', 'Largest TV Station', etc. Let someone else be the BEST  :P ;D

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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2011, 11:54:37 AM »
NTA are just a bunch of sycophants. When David Cameron visited Nigeria,i heard Elizabeth Banu announce his name as Right honourable David Cameron. I have never heard him called like that on the BBC or Sky News.

There's no pride in being the largest network in Africa if they have no viewers.
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Re: NTA Network News!
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2011, 12:35:24 PM »

@GGNK. Dude, lol i dont even know where to start, you got me laughing so hard, my ribs began to ache.
you actually made me realised how boring and archaic the news casting programs is. With the way NIgeria is fast developing, i was thinking by now we would have already developed wildly media wise, i mean sophistication in computer graphics for the programs, world class studios for casting the news, wall screens and so on, i mean we have this money that we are stealing everyday which never finishes, the only thing i can commend them is their fashion sense, dem dey try for that one, correct dressing and style, but the rest is actually zero since they still do unnecessary mistakes when reading, blunders, stare consistently in the  papers they are holding and have technical audio out issues har yau. so sad.
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2011, 12:44:30 PM »
Written by Wole Olaoye (wole.olaoye@gmail.com)    Monday, 25 July 2011 05:00
Daily Trust. 25-07-11

We are a very confident people. You would easily recognize a Nigerian outside these shores. Some foreigners think we are too confident, brash and even arrogant. The Nigerian is wont to assert his rights at every opportunity even if he couldn’t do that at home. Like many of my compatriots, I am proud to be a Nigerian, but unlike some of my countrymen and women I am not blinded by the magnitude of the work yet to be done before we can rub shoulders with the advanced countries of the world.

There are times that we carry our self-confidence too far. This makes it difficult for us to strive for excellence. Take the case of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), which styles itself as the “largest TV network in Africa”. A station which operates from a boys’-quarter-type premises in Abuja whose entire acreage is not more than that of one standard studio in some other countries is styling itself the largest network on the continent? It is true that the NTA has many mini-stations scattered all over the country, but to what avail? The DSTV cable network is headquartered in South Africa without much physical presence in Nigeria but there is hardly any home in our urban areas that doesn’t subscribe to the network. Indeed, many people can’t access NTA and other Nigerian stations, except through DSTV.

The situation is comparable to a man who has 50 mini-buses and styles himself as the largest transporter in the land; he conveniently forgets that just across the border is another transporter who runs a train service.

In terms of set design, perhaps only Channels and NN24 can be said to have an idea of what standards are about. NTA is flat, drab, and archaic. But it is our national television station, and that is why we must not just gloss over the matter. Check out China’s CCTV which is a visual delight. One may criticize the sometimes academic bent of some of the programming, but the visual presentation is riveting. How many years ago did Aljazeera commence operations? Today, that station is giving CNN a run for its money. Excellence is not about hype. When you visit a Nigerian office or home, you find that the TV is either tuned to Africa Magic, CNN or Aljazeera. The only time Nigerians stay riveted to NTA is perhaps during the 9 o’ clock network news or if there is some contentious issue being trashed out at the National Assembly.

Instead of living in the past, the Nigerian Television Authority ought to comprehensively retool. Stations such as the AIT have been blazing new trails in several areas, particularly in sports casting. NTA still relies on old tapes of Olympic Games held several decades ago. Who wants to be served a regular menu of items from your video morgue?

A cursory look at the TV industry in Nigeria shows that NTA produced most of the professionals who now form the core of personnel of the new stations. So, we are not necessarily indicting the staff of NTA but the system that makes the station stagnate. A station cannot make further progress when those who call the shots think that they are the “largest station in Africa”. The system is such that once the NTA satisfies those in power; it can carry on as a local champion without aspiring to the highest standards in the industry.

I recall that when the Western Nigerian Television/Broadcasting Service, WNTV/WNBS, was established in 1959, it was the first TV station in Africa. Yes, Nigeria preceded South Africa in that area. But where are we, 52 years after? South Africa is spoon-feeding us a diet of foreign channels and our own NTA is celebrating its stunted development.

Just like the NTA, the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria has also not lived up to its billing as the “station of the millennium”. We love high-sounding words as if they are capable of transforming a hamlet into a sky-scraper. I don’t know if they have a bandwidth problem but I sometimes find it difficult to get clear signals from FRCN. The seeming ubiquity of FM stations doesn’t help matters. But on the professional newsgathering front, FRCN is lagging behind. Our news is staid and often dated. We don’t get the immediacy that is apparent in BBC or VOA. The problem can’t be with the staffing. Our journalists and broadcasters have excelled in other climes where they had the necessary tools and working e appropriate environment.

I am aware that both NTA and FRCN have been ‘commercialised’, but what does that mean? A licence to stay mired in the stagnant mud of mediocrity? When is NTA going to be able to rub shoulders with CNN and Aljazeera? Will FRCN ever be in the same league with stations like BBC, VOA and Radio Deutsche Welle?

Like a child who insists that his father’s farm is the largest without bothering to check out the size of other people’s farm, we tag everything Nigerian ‘first’ or ‘largest’. The world laughs at us. We travel to other countries and admire the strength of their institutions and the excellence of their output but refuse to replicate same at home.

I hope Information Minister Labaran Maku will be able to breathe life into the “largest TV network in Africa” and the “station of the millennium”. He has his job cut out.

And while we are at it, the rest of us should control our tendency of thinking that the world begins and ends in our little corner of the world: a pharmaceutical company opens a puny plant in some remote part of Nigeria and styles it “the biggest plant in Africa”; a pure water factory is commissioned in Abule-Egba and christened “the biggest producer of treated water in Africa”; a food processing plant is established in some NEPA-less suburb and hyped as “the biggest food processing plant in Africa”.

We have to grow up and live up to our potentials instead of spreading unfounded rumours about our place in the scheme of things. Otherwise we would continue to be the butt of jokes in the more advanced countries of the world. “Comparing oneself with Galileo or Einstein is certainly good for the ego” says John McCarthy, “— provided one refrains from going into too much detail”.

Lol what a coincidence! I read this article  just last week!!
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