Eco@Africa: Primetime for environmental issues


DW and Channels TV celebrate the launch of their new coproduction Eco@Africa at an event held in Abuja, Nigeria. The new program offers an in-depth look at the most-pressing environmental issues facing us today.

At an event on April 16, DW and Channels TV ushered in a new era with the official launch of Eco@Africa. The coproduction offers an in-depth look at environmental innovations and best-practice guidelines in Africa and Europe and presents ideas on ecological protection from all over the world. It focuses on the preservation of biological diversity, the utilization of natural resources, energy sources of tomorrow and the mobility of the future. The environmental program is hosted by Nneota Egbe and has been broadcast since April 2.

“Eco@Africa offers us a great opportunity to work with a relevant partner on a program that highlights the issues that affect us all,” says Peter Limbourg, DW’s Director General. “We are convinced that this approach to presenting environmental issues will strike a chord with viewers – not only in Nigeria, but around the world.”

“Channels TV is very pleased to be associated with Deutsche Welle in the production of Eco@Africa,” says the Chairman of Channels TV John Momoh. “As we strive to help strengthen Africa’s commitment on sound environmental management, it is our hope that the program will assist in providing direction on the continent’s intended actions to address environmental issues affecting its people and the economy.”

DW also used the event to pay tribute to “Eco Heroes” who are helping to bring environmental issues to the forefront in Nigeria. These included the environmental activists Desmond Majekodunmi and Priscilla Achakpa, as well as Engr. Yahaya Ahmed, founder of the Development Association for Renewable Energies (D.A.R.E.) and Bilikiss Adebiyi- Abiola, founder of WeCyclers. Eco Heroes will also play a major role on Eco@Africa, as the producers look for positive examples of people making a difference.

In addition to its reporting, Eco@Africa also features a segment called #doingyourbit, where users provide examples of the things that they are doing to make a difference. Like how a simple stove is helping save lives by reducing pollution caused by cooking on open fires.
Eco@Africa is broadcast every Saturday (06:30, 14:30 and 20:30 UTC) and Monday (10:30 UTC) on DW. It’s airing on Channels TV across Africa on Sundays (21:00 WAT), on Mondays on terrestrial in Lagos (15:30 UTC) and Channels24 UK (10:30 UTC) and Wednesdays (19:30 UTC) on Sky Channels 575.

Channels TV is Africa's most awarded television station. It's the only Nigerian and indeed African broadcaster to have won the “Television Station of the Year” a record 10 times, five consecutively. The station has the largest audience of any private news station in Nigeria and its flagship show “News@10” is the most popular news program in the country.

DW and Channels TV began their partnership in July 2015. On Channels TV's program “Business Incorporated”, DW regularly reports live on events at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
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Source: Press Release