PRESS RELEASE PATITO’S GANG RETURNS TO TELEVISION

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The Iconic television Talk show, Patito’s Gang, which was created by noted Political Economist Professor Pat Utomi in 1980 but was discontinued after 14 years and 684 episodes, returns to television next week for broadcast exclusively by the award winning channels television network.

 

Patito’s Gang which through its run featured as members of the fast talking, no holds barred commentators such people as the late Pini Jason, and Onuka Adinoyi-Ojo, John Momoh, Nasir El Rufai, Oby Ezekwesili; Reuben Abati, MM Ibrahim, Bilkisu Magoro and Charity Shekari was in its earliest days a 90 minute show of 5 segments. It appeared in 2001 on all the major television networks in Nigeria including the NTA, the AIT and Channels Television as well as several state stations, BEN TV in Europe and on the Public Broadcast system in the United States. Over the years the format contracted first to a one hour format and then to a thirty minute show.

 

In a statement from Vivante Media, Producers of the Talk show, it was announced that the presentation approach for the show would change slightly. Instead of a moderator/anchor, roles played for many years by Pat Utomi, Reuben Abati and Eugene Ohu, at different times, an anchor/ presenter Ms. Fumbi Ogunbanwo would introduce the days’ topic before the Gang comes on.

 

The Vivante statement also traced the history of Directors for the TV series, beginning with the American Lloyd Weaver who was the first Director, through Patrick Ugbe, later Cross River State Commissioner for information and Ogaga Owharosigie. The current Director is Sammy Udiminue.

 

Among the uses slated for the coming weeks are Quo Vadis on the Nigerian Economy; Restructuring Nigeria and Corruption in Nigeria. The producers also promised that resumes of the best of Patito’s Gang will be offered through youtube channel on Patitosgangtv.

 

Precious Hong

For Vivante Media

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