US Consulate, News Central TV Explore Partnership for Impactful Journalism

Emma Okonji

In a dynamic move to bolster United State-Nigeria relations, the Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy and Consulate in Lagos, Julie McKay, made a strategic visit to News Central TV recently.

The significant outreach is part of a broader effort by the US Consulate to strengthen ties with key Nigerian media outlets and institutions.

Accompanied by the Nigerian representative of the US Agency for Global Media, Muhammad Abba, the visit spotlighted potential partnerships with the Voice of America’s multi-media network, promising expansive benefits for News Central. Abba’s presentation detailed innovative programs that could greatly enrich the station’s offerings.

Expressing enthusiasm over News Central’s commitment to accurate and robust reporting, McKay highlighted the station’s pivotal role in portraying authentic African narratives.

 “Africa has shaped the past, its shaping the present and it will actually shape the future. Nigeria as the biggest democracy and economy is a natural partner for the United States,” she said.

News Central TV’s Managing Director, Kayode Akintemi, said: “We’re thrilled by the U.S. Consulate’s recognition of our work. This renewed collaboration will empower us to raise the bar for local journalism, reinforcing our shared commitment to accurate, cutting-edge reporting—a cornerstone of our mission to serve Nigeria and Africa.”

The delegation also toured the station’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the bustling Newsroom and the high-tech Live Studio, gaining insights into the innovative methods and unique style that set the station apart in the landscape of global journalism.

The visit culminated in fruitful discussions on diplomatic ties, political reporting, and journalistic ethics, setting the stage for future initiatives aimed at advancing press freedom and professional integrity.

The collaboration marks a significant milestone in the ongoing commitment of the US Consulate to support and partner with Nigerian media, fostering a more informed and free press throughout Africa.

Since her arrival in Nigeria in September 2022, McKay has been at the forefront of enhancing US diplomatic engagement in the region. Her tenure in Abuja and Lagos has been marked by pivotal roles, including leading the public diplomacy section to new heights.

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