Channels Television has won the Nigerian Media Merit Award for Best Television Station Of The Year for a record 12th time.
The award-winning station was presented with the coveted award which recognises media excellence in Nigeria at a ceremony which took place at the Muson Centre in Lagos today, Wednesday.
TV Continental and the Nigerian Television Authority were runners-up for the award.
Starting with its first win in 2000, Channels Television, which has an audience of more than 20 million people, has received recognition domestically and globally for its programming, dominating the NMMA.
Apart from its win in 2000 and this year (2017), Channels Television won the ‘Best Station of the Year’ award in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 2016.
Also, at the award ceremony, Channels TV Presenter, Gimba Umar, beat TVC News’ Ughochi Oluigbo to win the Television Newscaster of the Year Award.
TVC’s Lijadu Ajoke Fumilola was named Television Reporter Of The Year for her report on child labour, while her colleague, Viviene Irikefe, the runner up with her report on malnutrition in children.
Mary Abayomi Fatile of Radio Nigeria emerged Radio Reporter of the Year with Abiola Aberuagba of Ray Power 100.5fm emerging as the Radio Presenter of the Year.
Still in the radio category, Ray Power FM claimed the NBC Prize for Radio Station of the Year.
In the print category, Gbenga Omotosho of The Nation beat Martin Ayankola of The PUNCH and Eze Anaba of Vanguard to win the Dele Giwa Prize For Editor Of The Year.
The PUNCH, however, beat The Nation and Vanguard to win the Babatunde Jose Prize For Newspaper Of The Year.
Established as a trust in 1990, the NMMA promotes excellence in the Nigerian media. The award scheme is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of Nigerians who have made their mark in the media industry.
Awards were handed out in more than 30 categories, mostly in the print category.
Elder statesman and Chairman of the NMMA Board of Trustees, Vincent Maduka, challenged media professionals at the ceremony to continue to play their crucial roles effectively.
“The Nigerian media has a great role to play in the emergence of a new nation where corruption and other well-known vices affecting our nation are truly and effectively tackled and resolved in good time for the benefits of our people once again,” he said.