BA (Hons) Media and Communication
Fasanya Stephen Boluwatife
An Assessment of State-owned Radio Reportage and it’s Influence on Political Participation in Nigeria
Radio is an important medium for reporting news in Nigeria, and so plays an influential role in setting the agenda of political discourses. However, there are significant differences in the styles of reportage on state-owned and commercial radio stations. This research investigates how public perceptions of state-owned radio, as biased and unreliable, affects wider participation in political processes.
The mass media which include both the print and broadcast media play mutually inclusive roles in determining, organizing and framing political opinions, decisions, activities and level of participation in an ideal democratic society. The focus of this study was to examine how state-owned radio reportage style are perceived by the public and how it influences political participation among Nigerians. In setting the research questions of the study, the researcher ensures the research objectives are theory-driven - as a result, the study adopted gatekeeping theory and agenda setting theory as its theoretical framework.
Findings from the study which are presented in the penultimate chapter in this paper, reveals that a large majority of Nigerians perceives state-owned radio outlets to be biased as a result of assumed government regulations on state-owned radio outlets news and reportage style. Since, the objective of the mass media is to ensure the constant and resolute commitment to ensuring and promoting public opinions without any form of interference from the government or external bodies or individuals (elites, politicians amongst others) this study recommends that state-owned radio outlets should adopt a public-driven approach to reporting government policies and its implementation strategies.