List of Government and Private TV Stations in Nigeria – Televisions Stations In Nigeria
With the lifting of restrictions on private ownership of media houses in Nigeria, especially the television stations, the Nigerian broadcasting industry has witnessed an unprecedented growth that has greatly contributed to the emergence of diversification within the industry. The restrictions that were common place had stifled growth within the industry.
Today, freedom of the press has led to the emergence of several new TV stations, both private and government owned, leading to balanced reportage on critical issues regarding our National life. This article will be focusing on listing some of these government and private television stations, providing other details that include their owners and their coverage.
Government stations in this article may refer to either Federal or State. In the event that such are being used, a clarification would follow. Also, we will be dividing them in two groups, consisting of government TV stations and Private TV stations.
Government-Owned Television Stations in Nigeria
There are several government owned television stations in Nigeria. These are owned by either the state government or the federal government. Every state within Nigeria has a federal television station located within it, as well as a state television station. These government-owned television stations include the following;
- The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
This is a federal TV station found across all the states in Nigeria. It is owned by the federal government, and some states have more than one NTA station.
- Plateau Television Corporation (PTVC) a state owned TV station
- Anambra Broadcasting Services (ABS) founded by the Anambra State Government
- Lagos Television (LTV) founded by the Lagos State Government.
- Taraba State Broadcasting Corporation (TSBC)
- Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC)
- Enugu State Television (ETV)
- Rima TV owned by the Sokoto State Government
- Kebbi TV owned by the Kebbi State Government
- Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation
- Delta Rainbow Television (DRTV) the Delta State Government owned television station
- Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC)
- Niger Delta Television (NDTV) owned by the Bayelsa State Government.
- Ogun State Television (OTV)
These among several others not mentioned are state-owned television stations. For the Nigerian Television Authority, which is spread across every single state in Nigeria, it is owned and operated by the federal government, and is sustained under a budget provision made available by the federal government through the ministry of information and communications.
Private-Owned Television Stations in Nigeria
In recent years, the media industry has witnessed an unprecedented influx of new privately-owned television stations. This has opened up the market for competition, as they all compete to provide cutting edge broadcasting services to an ever increasing and selective viewership audience. All sorts of innovations have characterised their modes of broadcast delivery.
Today, we find all sorts of innovative programming the moment one tunes to any of these television stations. All these are possible because of the level playing field provided by the government through the diversification of the news television broadcasting. Some of the private-owned television stations in Nigeria include the following;
- MITV television station: Founded by Alhaji Busare Gbade Murhi. Its location is in Lagos
- TVC and TVC NewsAlso known as TV Continental, owned by Alake Dele, this private television stations operate from its base in Lagos.
- Silverbird Television; The silverbird television Having locations spread across Lagos, Rivers, Plateau State, Abuja, and other states, came to existence through the ingenuity of its founder and CEO Ben Murray Bruce.
- Super Screen Television; This TV station is owned by Kayode Out Otunba and has its operational base in Lagos.
- Galaxy Television; This television station is located in both Lagos and Oyo states.
- Channels Television owned by John Momoh has its locations spread across Lagos, Kano, and Edo State.
- Cool TV; the cool TV is owned by Mousalli Amin. It has its operational base in Lagos.
- ITV owned by Igbinedion Osawaru Gabriel and located in Edo State
- MBI also known as the Minaj Broadcasting International is found in Lagos and has Onwuanibe Ubaka.
These among several other private television stations abound in Nigeria across the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory, providing robust and updated news events, including current affairs, and entertainment, as well as other innovative programming and advertisements.
Mode of Broadcast
There is a new trend of broadcasting in Nigeria powered by the digital broadcasting drive by the federal government which encourages all the television stations in the country to switch from terrestrial broadcasting to digital broadcasting. This has greatly helped in increasing the presence of these television stations across the country.
A privately owned television station like TVC News for instance which had previously no physical presence in state like Bauchi till date is able to beam its services through the use of digital broadcasting equipment to transmit signals to cover the entire state.
All a viewer needs is a set-up box or a satellite installation to access these television services.
Government and privately owned television stations existing side by side is a feature that has come to stay. With advantages that include the provision of balanced reportage, it has led to the introduction of best practices into the Nigerian broadcast industry.
This is a list of free-to-air television stations based in Nigeria. It also includes the states, year of creation, name of owner and type of ownership of all TV stations in Nigeria. Africa Independent Television was the first privately owned terrestrial station in Nigeria is prominent among the list of TV stations in Lagos Nigeria. Which is the first private TV station in Ibadan or Lagos Nigeria?
List of Government TV stations in Nigeria
This are the government owned television stations in nigeria:
NTA All states in Nigeria have at least 1 branch of NTA Federal Nigerian Government 1977
LTV Lagos State State Lagos State Government 1980
Delta Broadcasting Service
Delta State State Delta State Government 1994 The Voice
OGTV Ogun State State Ogun State Government 2003
AKBC Akwa-Ibom State State Akwa Ibom State Government 1996
ABS Anambra State State Anambra State Government 1994
List of private TV stations in Nigeria
Galaxy TV Oyo State, Lagos State Private 1994 Reaching out for the Stars
Channels TV Abuja, Lagos State, Edo State Kano State Private John Momoh 1995 Upholding your right to know
AIT Abuja, Lagos State, Ondo State, Borno State Edo State, Kebbi State, Gombe State, Kano State, Jigawa State, Katsina State, etc Private Raymond Dokpesi 1994 Sharing the African Experience
Silverbird TV Abuja, Lagos State, Rivers State Private Ben Bruce 2003 It’s all about Entertainment
MITV Lagos State Private Alhaji Murhi Gbade Busari
1998 The Soul of Entertainment
TVC Lagos State Private Dele Alake 2002 Your link to Entertainment
TVC News Lagos State Private Dele Alake 2012 Through African Eyes
Super Screen TV Lagos State Private Otunba Otu Kayode SuperScreen for culture, for family
MBI Lagos State Private Ubaka Onwuanibe Simply the Best
ITV Edo State Private Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion 1997 Certainly the Best
COOL-TV Lagos State Private Amin Moussalli 2012 Tv For Everyone
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