Who wants to be a millionaire (WWTBAM) is back
After a very long absence, Who wants to be a millionaire (WWTBAM)? the popular TV quiz programme that lost its entire studio facilities and office complex to an inferno over six months ago, is back on the airwaves.
The producers of one of the biggest television shows in this part of the divide, Ultima Limited, are now shooting the programme at a new set and it will start airing fresh episodes today (Friday). ‘’The new set is an upgrade of the old one,” said Mr. Richard Rietveld, the International Executive Producer of 2 Waytraffic, the show’s format owners.
Rietveld stressed further, “What the management of Ultima Limited has done this time is nothing other than bringing the show to the higher level in terms of quality and content. By this the show is edging closer to the British model. This show runs in several countries today and the father of all its sets is the UK set.
What is being done in Nigeria is to create a set that may not be as expensive as the UK set, but remarkably similar to it,’’ he explained.?Mr. Innocent Oboh, the Master Brand Manager of MTN, sponsors of the show, said the telecoms company was committed to the programme and would constantly seek to improve it. “The show has come back with a big bang. As custodians of the show, we work to ensure that it reflects the brand we are building at MTN,” he maintained.
Spontaneous presenter of the show, Mr. Frank Edoho, stated that the programme promises to be better with a lot to offer viewers and other stakeholders. “The new technological enhancements in terms of lights, sounds, graphics, keypads and other features are clear testimonies. The new set is gleaming and the errors have become very minimal. The standards advised by the franchise owners have been met,” he said happily.
Mr. Olumide Akinlabi, Ultima’s Head of Corporate Affairs, wrapped it up in his words of assurance to the public thus, “we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the show goes on smoothly. As we prepare to hit the air waves today, Friday with fresh episodes, we promise to focus, as always, on the comfort and safety of our contestants and the education and enjoyment of the programme’s teeming admirers and viewers,” Akinlabi added.
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