List of Nigerian Politicians Who Own Notable Newspapers, TV Stations

List of Nigerian Politicians Who Own Notable Newspapers, TV Stations

In Nigeria, as well as in many parts of the world, politics and journalists go hand-in-hand with countless times persons from these walks of life cross-carpeting while some other privileged persons enjoy the best of both worlds at the same time.

Remarkable some big shots in the Nigerian political space own notable media outfits, a fact which in some instances has been shrouded with speculations.

Jimoh, Kalu, Tinubu
Some Nigerian politicians own Google-recognised newspapers (Photo: @tsg2023, @oukTweets)
Source: Twitter

But in this piece, rumours meet facts as compiles a list of political bigwigs in the country who have their fingers in the adventurous and money-making pie of journalism.

Below is a list of Nigerian politicians and the media houses they own:

  1. Former Governor James Onanefe Ibori - Daily Independent (1997)
  2. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu - The Nation Newspaper, TVC, Radio Continental, Adaba FM
  3. Senator Ben Murray Bruce - Rhythm FM, Silverbird TV (1980)
  4. Former Senator Chris Anyanwu - Hot FM
  5. Former APC presidential candidate Sam Nda-Isaiah Leadership Newspaper
  6. Former PDP governorship candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim - National Mirror
  7. Former governorship aspirant, Ifeanyi Ubah - Authority Newspaper
  8. PDP chieftain, Raymond Dokpesi - AIT, Ray Power FM
  9. Former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu - Daily Sun (2001)
  10. Atiku Abubakar - Atiku TV

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Tinubu or not: The real owner of TVC named as Keyamo spills

In a related development, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has revealed the real owner of Television Continental (TVC).

In a Twitter Space organised by Bola Ahmed Tinubu campaign organisation on Sunday, September 11, Keyamo, who doubles as the spokesman for the body, said the former Lagos governor owns the media outfit.

As revealed by Keyamo, Tinubu started the media company ever before Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), got the license to open a private station in Adamawa.

He went on to allege that while Tinubu's TVC is still thriving, that of Atiku has gone into a coma.

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His words, captured in a Facebook post by Joe Igbokwe, read:

“Asiwaju started TVC after Atiku Abubakar got license to run a private TV station in Adamawa. Whilst TVC is now a global brand today Atiku’s TV station is now comatose. BAT has always managed anything and everything better than all his competitors.”


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