Exploring the Dominant Network Television Coverage of Child Labor Crisis in Nigeria

Bisola Komolafe

Abstract


This work explores media sensitivity to the child labor crisis in Nigeria by investigating its online coverage on three dominant television networks – the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), African Independent Television (AIT), and Television Continental (TVC) from 2015 to 2017. Findings show that coverage was low. Of the 116 stories published, AIT put out the most with 77.6 percent, leaving TVC and NTA with 12.9 and 9.5 percent, respectively. Only 7.8 percent of the stories appeared on the index pages, with 92.2 tucked in the interior pages. As the networks sourced their stories, it is surprising that none of their reporters had any substantial direct contact with the child laborers to tell their stories. The networks have to create a reportorial schedule subject to regular evaluation to reverse the low reporting.

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