BON Invites Entries for Broadcasting Awards, Unveils Judges

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Mr. John Ugbe

Chairman of BON

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) is inviting entries for The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA) which has 13 award categories each in radio and television. The association of broadcasters has also unveiled a seven-member panel of judges who will screen the entries to create a shortlist for each of the award categories.

To be eligible, entries must be original copies of work undertaken between August 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. All entries must be accompanied by the CV of the entrant as well as the organisation licensed by BON. Entries are to be submitted either as an MP3 audio file for radio or an MP4 video file for TV.

The 13 categories include Best Radio Station/Best Television Station of the Year; Best Radio Station/Best Television- News in English; Best Radio Station/ Best Television Station-Indigenous Language; Best Radio/Best Television Station- Original Production in English; and Best Radio/Best Television Station-Original Production in Indigenous Language.

The Awards judges comprises of broadcasting industry figures, stakeholders and representatives of regulatory agencies and they include Mr. Emeka Mba, former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC); ace broadcasters, Deborah Omowunmi Odutayo; Aro Leonard, Mallam Bello Sule, organiser of the 1988 Nigerian Festival of Television Programmes (NIFETEP); Lady Susan Ngozi Agbo of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON); Mr. Kayode Qosim Olowu, representative of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN); and Mrs. Stella Erhunmwunse of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Mr. John Ugbe, BON Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, while unveiling the judges, said the judges are putting their reputation and pedigree on the line to ensure that the award process is credible.

Ugbe stated that the TNBA is aimed at celebrating excellence in the broadcasting profession, adding that the award ceremony will be the biggest show in Africa.

He said: “With all the training we provide and investment we make in broadcasting, we’ve found out that the best motivation is becoming the best at what you do. That’s a key driver for coming up with this credible awards ceremony that rewards the best from a professional perspective.”

“We are also extending this to the audience who would decide the best in each category with their votes. This award will celebrate the very best in broadcasting across the country. We believe this will encourage practitioners to put their best and energy into their works.”

“It’s going to be the biggest award show in Africa, as it will broadcast live on all BON member stations. We, therefore, seek the support of sponsors, as we will do this to the highest level of professionalism and excellence. We have the experience and expertise to put together an award that others will learn from,” he added.