The Nigerian Television Authority
- also known as NTA
- was inaugurated in 1977 and is the government-owned body in charge of television broadcasting in the country
. The NTA claims to run the biggest television network in Africa with stations in several parts of Nigeria. Formerly known as Nigerian Television
(NTV), the network began with a take over of regional television stations in 1976 by the then Nigerian military
authorities, and is widely viewed as the authentic voice of the Nigerian government.
Background and history
The first official director general was Vincent Maduka, a former engineer
. Prior to his appointment Maduka was General Manager of Western Nigeria Television, Ibadan, which was Africa's first television station. The NTA has been criticized by performing artists such as Becky Umeh
for pressuring artists to align their expression with government propaganda goals.The Guardian in its editorial of Sunday October 18, 2009 stated "The federal government-owned television network, the Nigeria Television Authority, (NTA) is arguably the largest of its type in Africa, but it is yet to have the operational freedom required to maximise its potentials". However, the NTA's monopoly on the Nigerian airspace
was broken in the mid-1990s with the establishment of privately owned television stations and networks, notable among which is the......