Newswatch was a trailblazing magazine founded in January 1985 by Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Yakubu Mohammed. Giwa was its editor-in-chief and chief executive officer. He had left his position as the editor of Moshood Abiola’s Sunday Concord to create Newswatch after one too many editorial battles with his larger than life boss.
Newswatch initially enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Babangida government and was perceived as a slightly right-of-centre publication. In the early days of the magazine, it published positive appraisals of the Babangida government. Giwa was initially considered as a reporter with a close view into the inner workings of the government.
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