How FG took over
Western Nigeria TV and turned into NTA
Watch the opening ceremony of the first television in Africa performed by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1959. This station was hijacked by Nigeria in 1975 through military fiat and it became Nigerian Television Authority, NTA.
Awo built the station in less than four months.
History of the WNTN
Early broadcast stations in Nigeria Edit
The first television station in Nigeria, the Western Nigerian Government Broadcasting Corporation (WNTV) began broadcasting on 31 October 1959. Its first Chairman was Olapade Obisesan, a lawyer trained in the United Kingdom and the son of Akinpelu Obisesan, an Ibadan socialite and first president of the Cooperative Bank of Nigeria. Vincent Maduka, a former engineer, was the General Manager. It was based in Ibadan, making it the first broadcast station in tropical Africa, although more northern parts of Africa already had television stations.
In March 1962, Radio-Television Kaduna/Radio Kaduna Television (RKTV) was established. It was based in Kaduna and was operated by the Broadcasting Company of Northern Nigeria. RKTV also provided coverage for the central northern states. Later in 1977, it was re-branded NTV-Kaduna.
In April 1962, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was established as a federal government-owned service based in the city of Lagos, broadcasting to the southwestern states.
MidWest TV was established in 1972 as a TV broadcaster of Port Harcourt. It was run by the state government in Benin.
Benue-Plateau Television Corporation (BPTV) was established in 1974 with headquarters in Jos. It was the first television station to launch regular/permanent colour broadcasts in Africa. The colour test transmissions began on 1 October 1975. BPTV was later re-branded as NTV-Jos.
NTA was founded in 1977. By May 1977 all the state television broadcasters listed above were merged and re-branded as Nigerian Television (NTV) and owned by the Nigerian Television Authority. Obisesan and Makuda continued in the roles of Chairman and General Manager of NTA. As of 1979, NTA had reached about 20% of the Nigerian population.