The assertion that says “he who pays the pipers dictates the tunes”, agreed more with this study because there are lots of government controls and influence on Nigerian journalists especially those working with the state media. Government dictates to journalists what they should and should not broadcast. It is believe the most of the government media journalists have been turned to their secretary and public relations while government has also turned media to her extension of ministry of information that can but support her activities dogmatically. The research was anchored on Agenda Setting Theory. Survey research method was adopted with the use of 100 questionnaires out of which 90 were returned upon which the analysis was based. The analysis was basised on frequency and percentage method. The study concluded that media owned by government most of the time influence the performance of Journalists. It was recommended that irrespective of the media owner the journalists must be given free hand to perform their duty as watchdogs.
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