CNN, the basic cable and satellite network owned by Turner Broadcasting System, is launching a multi-screen services in Nigeria’s city, Lagos; in view of elevating news coverage in Africa and impacting heavily in the digital presence over the continent.
Stephanie Busari is the named supervising producer, encompassing the newsgathering and digital operations and the network’s first responder for all the platforms. Joining the company in 2008, Busari is well known for her work in paramount African stories such as the Missing Chibok girls and her work with Nima Elbagir, the senior international correspondent.
Commenting about her new role, Busari said that: “To return to Nigeria at such an important time in the country’s history is a proud and exciting moment for me. This is such a vibrant country, full of possibilities, and as well as my broader remit looking at Africa as a whole this role will be about putting the many sides of Nigeria itself into sharper relief for the world”.
Echoing the same thought, Deborah Rayner, senior vice president, newsgathering at CNN International, said: “This is a truly integrated role, and one that underlines CNN’s commitment to both Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Busari will work across our platforms on both news and feature content. In particular, she will head CNN’s Africa content across digital – responding to breaking news and managing our Africa features projects. She will also be central to CNN International’s coverage of the continent on television”.