Channels TV


Currently, she is a Senior Presenter, Reporter and Producer at Channels TV, a nationally prolific independent television station and Nigeria’s 13-time TV station of the year.

She leverages on her experience, training and exceptional communication skills to deliver value in her capacity as a Supervising Producer and Anchor at Channels TV. She also produces and anchors the UNDP Dialogue Series and the programme- Hard Copy.

Among several other highlights of her career as a broadcast journalist, she led a team of young professionals in discussions with former United States President, Barack Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

In 2014, she led the ‘Young and Restless’ session at the World Economic Forum on Africa where she moderated the plenary session. She is also the co-host of the most-watched prime-time news and current affairs breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily as well as an anchor for the station’s flagship ‘News at 10′.

Esther brings her dynamic personality to the fore in her ability to connect to a diverse audience and inspire trust. She has received several awards and recognition for her commitment to excellence and professionalism.

In 2016, she received the British Council UK Education Alumni Award for Professional Achievement and in 2019, she received the award of Excellence from Nigerian Institute of Public Relations for Outstanding Television Broadcaster in the FCT. She is also a recipient of the Sun Newspapers Women Leadership Award and was named to the Future Awards Best 100.

Beyond professional commitments, she is passionate about development and impact. She was an International Student Ambassador during her studies at East Anglia University where she assisted students from varying backgrounds to acclimatize to academic work in a new environment. She is intentional about advocacy and has twice volunteered as the anniversary anchor for the “Bring Back Our Girls’ movement. She strives to utilise her platform for the promotion of positive causes.

Esther Maupe Ogun-Yusuf is a senior professional within the Media and Communication Industry with well over a decade’s worth of in-depth experience within the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language from the University of Lagos as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Before her current position, she was a News Anchor at Minaj Systems Limited where she cut her teeth in the media world and took on stimulating projects in television content creation and delivery.

When not working, Esther enjoys world politics, travelling researching and running.


The move is coming in a project tagged “CrossCheck Nigeria’’, a collaborative information verification initiative powered by First Draft, a United Kingdom organisation fighting misinformation globally.

CrossCheck Nigeria, due to be launched on Wednesday, will be coordinated by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), an independent and non-profit news agency in the country.

To this end, a two-day boot camp (training programme) opened in Lagos on Monday for about 46 journalists drawn from the participating media organisations.

Addressing participants at the opening session, the Executive Director of First Draft, Dr Claire Wardle, said the project was aimed at improving the quality of information available to the voting public.

Wardle added that CrossCheck Nigeria would also help to debunk misinformation and fake news and sanitise the media space in the run-up to the elections.

She explained that the boot camp was designed to teach the participants about the new verification technology to be deployed for the project, and how to work in the media coalition.

According to her, the project will help the public to understand not only what to trust, but also why.

In his address of welcome, the Executive Director of ICIR, Mr Dayo Aiyetan, expressed concern about the “weaponisation of information either to deceive the public or injure the reputation of opponents’’.

Aiyetan stated that recent local elections in the country had shown that “the social media, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, have become avenues for politicians to spread misinformation, rumour, falsehood and fake news.

He noted that the media had a responsibility to verify information being churned out on social media to ensure that they were true.

Journalists need to learn the skills to verify and fact-check such misinformation and debunk them before they mislead people or cause harm,” he stated.

The ICIR boss explained that under the project, the participating organisations would work together in disproving fake news or misinformation for greater impact on members of the public.

The participating organisations are NAN, The Guardian, Punch, Daily Trust, The Sun, Tribune, Thisday and The Nation.

Others are Freedom Radio, Premium Times, The Cable, Sahara Reporters, ICIR and Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Source: Pulse News