World Television Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966 to mark the date on which the first World Television Forum was held.
The event also brings to mind the role television has played in global issues that affect people and how they can be addressed.
Speaking on the significance of the day, a former Commissioner for Information, Enugu State, Dr. Godwin Uduhele, notes that the pivotal position television occupies cannot be over emphasised.
“When there is a gap in communication, gossip comes in; it is television that will help to stop that gossip. Television acts as a witness to any event. Then government should equally do something by making sure that there is electricity in all the nooks and crannies.”
Dr. Uduhele who advised government to reduce the taxation placed on television to make it more affordable, especially for people at the grassroots, suggested training and retraining of media personnel by the government to increase their efficiency.
A lover of television programmes, Mr. Chika Obieze identified poor programming and constant power failure as major challenges affecting television broadcasting.
“The problem now is the light issue. I will not say that I often watch television but when they give us light, the one I watch is okay.”
However, some public affairs analysts lamented the limited access of television services in rural areas.