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PORTRAYAL OF TELEVISION ON RELIGION

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The paper examines the role of television on religion especially in promoting evangelism in Nigeria. It is observed that television channels often contributed lots to socio-economy and spiritual life generally. The study was anchored on the Social Categories Theory and Uses and Gratifications Theory. The research employed survey research method coupled with 100 copies of questionnaire that were administered to the respondents in Osogbo out of which 90 copies were correctly filled and analysed using frequency and percentage tables method. Also, 53.3% admitted that they watch religion programmes on television stations. Many of the respondents (87%) watched religion channels via GOTV and Startimes. Christianity religion programmes dominated television airwaves (63%). Finding also show that television stations promote religion tolerance and consciousness in Osogbo through messages. It is recommended that religion bodies that are interested in promoting religion through television should do it with caution by promoting relevant issues that will not jeopardise the national interest while hate religion speeches and programmes should be shunned because Nigeria is not only a multiethnic nation but also a secular society where there are many religions.

 

Keywords:  Television, Religion, Televagelism 

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