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Credibility, Transparency Are The Pillar Of Nigeria Broadcasting Awards- BON

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The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), promoters of The Nigeria Broadcasting Awards (TNBA) have given assurance of transparency and credibility in the awards processes that would bring out the final winners.

This assurance was given by the Chairman of the Awards Steering Committee and President of the Silverbird Group, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce, during an interview on Arise News Channel yesterday.

According to him, TNBA is different from other awards, as it involves professionals rewarding professionals. To ensure credibility, the panel of judges for the awards would comprise stellar industry figures, who would infuse the whole process with the credibility they have earned over the years.

Murray-Bruce said “These awards are going to be the most credible, most authentic, and most viewed by people.

These awards are for professionals rewarding professionals in the industry. The judges are credible people, who have nothing to gain financially and a lot to lose in terms of their credibility,”

He further stated the award process would be devoid of sponsorship influence, stressing that sponsors only have the opportunity of marketing their products and services to the public.

In furtherance to ensure credibility, the CEO, Strategic Outcomes Limited, communications consultant to TNBA, Mr. Jenkins Alumona, explained that some of the award categories would be open to public voting that would be managed by a reputable audit firm.

He added “The awards will be a split rating. We are going to have people vote on the open criteria and a panel of specialists, composed of experts in the industry for the closed criteria.

“We are looking at 50 percent votes from people who watch television and listen to the radio and another 50 percent from a panel of experts, whose identities will be announced in due course. The panel will comprise industry teachers with vast experience in this area.

“The public votes will also be weighted, and winners will emerge in areas that include indigenous presentation, best presenter of news, best radio presenter, best TV station, best morning show, and other areas. The votes will be sorted by one of the best audit firms in the world,” he said.

“These awards are not for profit, as BON is not a profit-oriented organisation. The Chairman of BON, Mr. John Ugbe, saw the need to recognise, motivate, and reward media practitioners for their works of excellence.

“Excellence is giving what the requirements are for broadcasting as long as it does not contravene the rules of broadcasting. That is why we are splitting the votes to include the public. If people think you are excellent, then you are excellent. It’s not dependent on what a government parastatal thinks,” Alumona said.

Murray-Bruce also stated that entries for the awards would open this month and nomination preference would be given to broadcast professionals and stations while the award itself is slated to hold in November, in Abuja.

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