COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF VIEWERSHIP PREFERENCE OF FOREIGN AND LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS AMONG NIGERIAN YOUTHS

The research analyzed viewership preference of foreign and local television station among Nigerian youths. Foreign television stations transmit foreign/western cultures across national borders to other developing countries like Nigeria. The study was anchored on cultural imperialism, media imperialism and globalization theories. Survey research method was used with 120 copies of questionnaires distributed to the respondents in Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, while 110 copies were retrieved which were analysed. It was observed that many of the respondents spend 4-10 hours watching television programmes and many of the respondents did not prefer local television stations to foreign television stations because local stations full of local materials, local ideas and yester year activities. Larger percentage of the respondents has preference for quality video, audio and programme contents.  It is recommended that Nigerian journalists and film industry should be aware of his responsibilities towards the community which is the principle way of helping development by designing programmes that are culturally oriented, youth oriented and other contents of good taste and value that will prevent them from watching foreign contents.

 

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