PROBLEMS OF GOVERNMENT OWNED NEWSPAPERS
ANALYTICAL STUDY OF THE DAILY TIMES AND THE OBSERVER
The study examined the problems of government-owned newspapers. The main objective of the study was to determine the problems of government owned newspapers, through an appraisal of the establishment, functions, management, constraints and prospects of the Daily Times and The Observer.
A survey of both staff and readers of the two newspapers was conducted. The simple percentages were used to analyze the data collected. One major finding was that government-owned newspapers performed below expectation. It was discovered that interference by government officials in the editorial content among other reasons was responsible for their low credibility and thus, their low patronage. Another finding was that publicly owned newspapers should be fully privatized for better performance. It was therefore, recommended that continued existence or more establishment of government-owned newspapers was no longer justifiable. That the various governments should divest themselves of ownership of newspapers. If otherwise, they should resist the temptation to interfere in the editorial content of the existing ones.