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Don't Talk Back!: Community Broadcasting and the Public Sphere in Nigeria

Don't Talk Back!: Community Broadcasting and the Public Sphere in Nigeria
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Author(s): Edorodion Agbon Osa (University of Benin, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 20
Source title: Exploring Journalism Practice and Perception in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Abiodun Salawu (North West University, South Africa) and Toyosi Olugbenga Samson Owolabi (Lagos State University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3376-4.ch005

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Abstract

Founded on the philosophy of advancing the course of democracy and acting as a stimulus for socio-cultural transformation at the community level, community broadcasting provides access to the public sphere by making its audience the main characters in the production and dissemination of its messages thus serving as a platform for the expression of the divergent views and opinions that exist at the community level. But almost a century after broadcasting was introduced to Nigeria as part of British imperialism, this grassroots form of broadcasting is yet to fully take off. Starting with a broad examination of public service broadcasting, this chapter discusses the state of community broadcasting in Nigeria, using Habermas' concept of the public sphere, and recommends its improvement given the crucial roles of community broadcasting in the society.

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